Football League chairman Greg Clarke has paid tribute to Wales manager Gary Speed who has died today aged 42.

In a playing career spanning 22 years, Speed made over 700 professional appearances, scoring 103 league goals.

After beginning his career at Leeds United, Speed went on to play for Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United.

The midfielder also appeared 85 times - the most by an outfield player - for Wales.

After a spell managing Sheffield United, Speed was appointed manager of the Welsh national team in December 2010.

Football League Chairman Greg Clarke said: "Gary's death at such a young age is an absolute tragedy and the thoughts of The Football League and its clubs are with his family, friends and all his colleagues at the Football Association of Wales.

"He was a model professional throughout an exceptional playing career and, as expected, he had quickly become a manager of huge potential.

"Gary was held in great esteem throughout the domestic game and his passing is a great loss to football in both Wales and England."

Speed, who received an MBE for services to football last June,  is survived by his wife and two sons.