POLICE hope to speak to former England footballer Kenny Sansom about the attack that left him fighting for his life in hospital.
The ex-Arsenal star, 61, is in a serious condition in an Exeter hospital with his family at his bedside.
Detectives have launched an investigation into an alleged incident last month at a property in Exeter.
Police are thought to have spoken to witnesses and hope to speak to Sansom this week.
A source told the Sun Online: "The key to finding out who left Kenny in this state is Kenny.
"But the officers on the case need to speak to Kenny and find out from him exactly what happened.
"For a while there were real concerns as to whether he'd even pull through. But Kenny is fighting and appears to be getting a bit stronger day by day."
They said Sansom, who has battled alcoholism since quitting football, appeared to have been the innocent victim of an unprovoked attack.
Ex-England goalkeeper Shilton, 70, capped 125 times, last night said he was praying for his former teammate.
He said: "I am praying for Kenny. He was the best left-back I ever played with for England.
"And, off the pitch, he was always so likeable with a great sense of humour. I hope he makes a speedy recovery."
Sansom has been having treatment in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
He turned out 394 times for the Gunners in the eighties – and also had played for Newcastle, QPR, Coventry, Everton and Watford.
Arsenal sent a message of support to his family, tweeting: "We're thinking of you all right now. Sending our love and support."
The 61-year-old has endured a series of health problems linked to a desperate struggle with alcohol since his retirement.
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