EX-IRELAND INTERNATIONAL Kevin Sheedy has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The 52-year-old, who is originally from Wales but qualified to play for Ireland through his father, earned 46 caps for the senior team and featured at both Euro ’88 and Italia ’90 under Jack Charlton.
He is fondly remembered for scoring the country’s first goal at a World Cup finals – against England in the 1-1 draw in Cagliari.
Sheedy also won two English titles with Everton during the ’80s and these days works for the Toffees as their academy coach.
In a statement on their website, the club said: “Everton Academy coach Kevin Sheedy has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Sheedy, who was an integral part of the all-conquering Everton team of the mid-80s, will undergo surgery later this week.
“The Blues legend will be away from Finch Farm for a period of time as he recovers from the operation. The popular Irish international played 369 times for Everton, scoring 97 goals, and he is in good spirits as he faces up to his toughest opponent yet.”
It’s not ideal but I have to remain positive,” Sheedy added. “There is a history in the family.
“It’s so important that people don’t ignore the early signs and symptoms and don’t be afraid to consult a GP. After a period of rehabilitation I will return to my coaching role at Everton.”
Watch his goal against England below:
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