Ex-England star Francis out of hospital after heart scare

16 April 2012 04:47

Former England striker Trevor Francis was on Monday discharged from hospital after he suffered a suspected heart attack last week.

The 57-year-old, who was the first player in English football to cost £1 million ($1.6m) when he joined Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in 1979, was admitted to a hospital on Friday and had surgery to fit an arterial stent.

A spokesman for Birmingham Heartlands Hospital said he was discharged on Monday afternoon.

Francis began his professional career at Birmingham City in 1971 and went on to score the winning goal in the 1979 European Cup final against Malmo for Forest, as well as winning 52 caps for his country.

He played in the 1982 World Cup in Spain and had spells at Manchester City, Sampdoria, Atalanta, Rangers, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday.

Francis returned to Birmingham as manager between 1996 and 2001 after previously managing QPR and Sheffield Wednesday, who he took to the 1993 FA and League Cup finals. He has been out of the game since leaving Crystal Palace in 2003.

Source: AFP