Ex-England Footballer, Clarke Carlisle survives life-threatening surgery after lorry-hit

Clarke is regarded as Britain’s most intelligent footballer with 10 Grade A GCSEs

Clarke Carlisle, 35, regarded as the most intelligent Briton of his generation to play football with 10 Grade A GCSEs was reported in a life-threatening condition after a lorry hit him on Monday night.

The now retired player who made  500 appearances for nine clubs in a career that spanned 16 years became the first player to appear on British IQ show the Countdown in 2002 where he won the title ‘Britain’s Brainiest Footballer’ by BBC Sport.

The husband of three has been a pundit on ITV, covering the 2014 World Cup and Europa League.

A police spokeswoman said on Monday: ''The collision involved a male pedestrian and a lorry.

''The injured man has been airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.

''The road was closed to allow the air ambulance to land and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene.''

The former Professional Footballers Association on Tuesday had surgery and is reported stable.

His wife, Gemma revealed that the former PFA chairman, 35, is "very poorly" but "alive and stable".

The PFA said it had visited Carlisle in hospital, adding: "We are offering our full help and support to him and his family at this difficult time."

In support of their former player, Burnley said fans will clap at the fifth minute when they play on Friday and wiife Gemma thanks them "Clarke and I will always have Burnley in our hearts," she wrote.

"Thank you each and everyone of you.

"I'm trying to read all messages. #blackpoolfc #qpr #watfordfc #lufc #bufc #ntfc," she added, thanking Carl's other old clubs.

Clarke wore the number five shirt while at Burnley; he also played Blackpool, QPR, Leeds United, Watford, and Northampton Town.

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