Gary Lineker leads well-wishes to Alan Hansen after it was announced the former Liverpool defender is seriously ill in hospital

A number of ex-footballers including Gary Lineker have sent their well wishes to Alan Hansen after it was revealed he is seriously ill in hospital. 

Liverpool took to their social media channels to announce the news on Sunday afternoon, sending their best wishes to the former defender and his family.

They confirmed they are in direct contact with the Hansen family, and asked for the respect of his privacy.

Gary Lineker has also sent his well wishes to Hansen, who he worked with on Match of The Day for over a decade 

The former England striker wrote on X: ‘Horrendous news. Thoughts are with Alan, Janet and all the family. 

Liverpool and Match of the Day legend Alan Hansenis seriously ill in hospital, the Reds have revealed

Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright wrote: ‘Wishing the LFC legend Alan Hansen a speedy recovery, love and thoughts with Janet, Lucy & Adam.’ 

Everton FC posted: ‘Get well soon, Alan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.’ 

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, meanwhile replied with a heart and fingers crossed emoji. 

Liverpool posted on their official website: ‘The thoughts and support of everyone at Liverpool FC are with our legendary former captain Alan Hansen, who is currently seriously ill in hospital,’ 

‘A defender of the utmost elegance, Hansen’s outstanding raft of honours across a 14-year spell with the Reds – he joined from Partick Thistle in 1977 – included eight league titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

‘”Jockey”, as he was known by teammates, is in the top 10 for all-time appearances for the club having played 620 matches, and the Scottish centre-back also served as Liverpool skipper for four seasons.

‘The club is currently in contact with Alan’s family to provide our support at this difficult time, and our thoughts, wishes and hopes are with Alan and all of the Hansen family.

‘We will provide any further updates as we receive them in due course, and we request that the Hansen family’s privacy is respected at this time.’