FORMER Swindon Town manager Glenn Hoddle is in a serious condition in hospital but "responding well" to specialist treatment following his collapse on Saturday morning.

The former England manager was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studios on his 61st birthday, with BT's afternoon live scores show cancelled as a result.

A spokesman for Hoddle said: "Earlier today Glenn collapsed at the BT Sport studios. He received immediate medical attention on set and was subsequently transferred by paramedics to hospital in London.

"The condition is serious but Glenn is currently receiving specialist treatment and responding well.

"Glenn's family are with him and would like to thank everyone that has sent their support. They have also asked for their privacy to be respected at this time."

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey revealed the news about the ex-Swindon player-manager, who now works as a TV pundit , who now works as a TV pundit and turned 61 on Saturday.

Humphrey tweeted: "Our friend & colleague Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning. For that reason there will be no @btsportscore - but we will be live as usual for the 5.30 ko at Leicester. Everyone of us is right with you Glenn, sending love & strength."

Hoddle masterminded one of the greatest achievements in Town’s history, guiding them into the Premier League at the end of the 1992-93 season.

Town’s promotion to the top-flight came courtesy of a thrilling 4-3 win over Leicester City in the Division One play-off final at Wembley.

Hoddle is regarded as one of the most talented players to represent England in recent decades. As well as Tottenham, he also played for Monaco and Chelsea and managed, among others, Chelsea, Southampton and Spurs.

The former Tottenham Hotspur player began his managerial career at the County Ground after being appointed Swindon player-manager in 1991.

After winning promotion to the Premier League, Hoddle would not take charge of Town in the top flight after leaving the club to take up the reins at Chelsea.

He managed England between 1996 and 1999, taking the team to the 1998 World Cup.

Former England team-mate Gary Lineker wished Hoddle well, writing on Twitter: "Hugely worrying news that Glenn Hoddle collapsed at the BT studios earlier. Thoughts are with him and his family. Come on Glenn."

The Football Association, via the England team account, wrote: "Worrying news. Get well soon, Glenn Hoddle, we're all behind you."

Tottenham and Chelsea also sent their best wishes to their former player and manager.

Hoddle won 53 caps for England while as manager, he took his country to the 1998 World Cup finals in France, qualifying on the back of a memorable 0-0 draw away to Italy.

A two-time FA Cup winner with Spurs, Hoddle also had success on the continent, lifting the UEFA Cup with Tottenham in 1984 and the Ligue 1 title in Monaco in 1988.