Rubins footballer, capped 117 times by Latvia, dies aged 43

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FILE – Latvia’s Andrejs Rubins, left, and Russia’s Andrey Kiryaka challenge for the ball during a World Cup 2006 qualifying match between Latvia and Russia in Riga, Latvia, Wednesday August 17, 2005. The Latvian footballer Andrejs Rubins, who played 117 times for the national team, has died aged 43, the national football federation announced on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov, File)

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Latvian footballer Andrejs Rubins, who played 117 times for the national team, has died aged 43, the national football federation announced on Wednesday.

Rubins wore the No.10 shirt when Latvia qualified for their only major tournament, the 2004 European Championship in Portugal, and started all three games, including a 0-0 draw with Germany.

The football association did not give details of his death.

Rubins played for clubs in England, Sweden, Russia and Azerbaijan, including three years at Crystal Palace between 2000 and 2003. He retired in 2012.

“The thoughts of everyone associated with Crystal Palace are with those close to Andrejs at this truly sad time,” the Premier League club said in a statement.

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