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Last Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007, 06:30 GMT 07:30 UK
Armfield faces cancer treatment
Former England captain Jimmy Armfield
Jimmy Armfield is recovering after a course of chemotherapy
Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has revealed he is receiving treatment for throat cancer.

The 71-year-old BBC Radio Five football pundit and former Blackpool defender has undergone chemotherapy for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Armfield told BBC Radio Lancashire: "The prognosis is good, although I'm suffering from the side-affects of chemo and I'm not able to work.

He added: "Generally, I'm very positive about the future."

Armfield was awarded the OBE for services to football in 2000 after winning 43 England caps and making a club record 568 appearances for Blackpool.

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He managed Bolton before moving on to Leeds United, where he was in charge for the 1975 European Cup Final defeat against Bayern Munich in Paris.

Since then he has become one of the most respected and recognised voices in the BBC's football coverage on radio, although he is currently not attending games after being advised to rest by doctors.



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