By Dominic Toner

Gary Lineker has paid tribute on Twitter to former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson following his death on Monday.

Police revealed a man had died in the early hours of Monday morning after they were called to an address in Telford, Shropshire.

Sky News confirmed on Twitter that the man was Atkinson, 48, who played for Villa between 1991 and 1995.

Match of the Day host Lineker has described the news as “terrible” on his personal Twitter account as he remembered a “fine” striker.

The Aston Villa fans have also paid their respects to their former player on Twitter.

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Atkinson joined Villa from Real Sociedad for £1.7million and played 76 times across the old First Division and Premier League, scoring 23 times before leaving for Fenerbahce.

He is fondly remembered by Villa fans for his performance and crucial goal he scored in the 1994 League Cup final as the Midlands club beat Manchester United at Wembley.

Atkinson was also a key figure in the side under Ron Atkinson that came runners-up to United in the 1992-93 season, when he formed a lethal strike partnership with Dean Saunders.

In other Aston Villa news, a reliable journalist says the club will make a double Premier League swoop with the first arrival in 48 hours.