EDINBURGH -- Johnny Haynes, a former World Cup captain and one of England's most respected soccer midfielders, died yesterday after a car crash, the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary said.
Mr. Haynes had turned 71 on Monday, the day of the accident.
The former star of the Fulham soccer club was admitted to the hospital along with his wife, Avril, after their car collided with a van in their hometown of Edinburgh.
His wife was in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesman.
Mr. Haynes, who scored 145 goals in 594 appearances for Fulham, was the first club player in England to earn 100 pounds a week.
For the national team, Mr. Haynes had 18 goals in 56 games and played in the 1958 and 1962 World Cups.
He was captain of the 1962 team, which lost to Brazil, the eventual champion, in the quarterfinal round in Chile. Injuries from a car crash prevented him from being picked as a member of the world champion 1966 team.
Known for his defense-splitting passes, Mr. Haynes stayed at Fulham throughout his 18-year career. The club turned down transfer bids from AC Milan and Tottenham.