LONDON (AP) — The family of Jimmy Greaves says the former England striker is out of intensive care following a severe stroke.

A family statement says the 75-year-old Greaves is able to sit up in bed in the hospital and while "he is by no means out of the woods there is room for cautious optimism."

In a message to well-wishers, the former Tottenham player's family says "please continue to have good thoughts for him for the long road ahead as he fights this terrible thing that has happened."

With 44 goals in 57 international matches, Greaves is England's fourth-highest scorer and was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning team.