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Steven Paul Sumner (2 April 1955 – 8 February 2017) was an English-born New Zealand football player. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. Sumner was captain of the national team during the country's first successful campaign to qualify for the World Cup in 1982.

In 1991 he was inducted into the New Zealand Soccer Media Association Hall of Fame[1] and was then awarded FIFA's top award, the FIFA Order of Merit, before the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with Johan Cruyff and former South African president Thabo Mbeki.[2]

Sumner died on 8 February 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand from prostate cancer, aged 61.[3]

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