Former Huddersfield Town and England striker Frank Worthington has denied being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr Worthington, 67, of Outlane, was said to have the disease by his daughter Kim-Malou Worthington.

Miss Worthington made the claim on her Facebook page in response to concerns about her father’s health.

However, Mr Worthington issued a statement to Press Association Sport denying any such diagnosis had been made.

He said he did suffer with “some issues and short term memory loss” but denied mental health issues.

Sharp shooter ... striker Frank Worthington outside Huddersfield Town's old Leeds Road ground in 1972

In the statement he said: “Further to speculation about my health I would like to make it clear that I have never been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or any other neurological disorder or illness.”

Halifax-born Mr Worthington, who is understood to still play five-a-side football, was a star of the last Huddersfield Town team to go into the top flight as Second Division champions in 1969-70.

Geoff Hutt (front row, extreme right) with his promotion-winning Huddersfield Town teammates of 1969-70

He had six years at Town before leaving for Leicester City in 1972 in a £70,000 deal. He played for a host of clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Tranmere Rovers and others in the USA, Sweden, South Africa and Ireland.

Fans loved his flamboyant style on and off the pitch and he scored some stunning goals.

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On her Facebook page, Miss Worthington wrote: “There have been a few wondering about my dad’s health recently and so I thought I should let you all know Frank Worthington has Alzheimer’s.

“He was diagnosed several years ago and has been holding it off with positive thinking and football.

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“As time goes by, there are moments when you see the effects of Alzheimer’s and this is hard sometimes for all those involved with a loved one who has this disease.”

Mr Worthington is a regular in the director’s box at Town matches.