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England World Cup-winner Gordon Banks dies aged 81

Gordon Banks Gordon Banks England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper dies aged 81
Cary Erickson | 12 February, 2019, 13:40

Sheffield legend and England World Cup victor Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.

Commonly regarded as one of, if not, the best in his position, Banks was named as Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times.

Four years later, he was a member of the England squad which reached the quarter-finals in Mexico, where he made a legendary save against Brazilian striker Pele in the group stages.

A statement released by his family via one of his former clubs Stoke City said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight".

'We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him'.

"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time".

He started every game for his country during the 1966 tournament and played in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final.

Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and won 73 senior worldwide caps.

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"Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had".

"Had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times and he was one of the game's true gentlemen, not to mention one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time". Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans.

One said: "RIP Gordon Banks".

Banks's World Cup-winning team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton added: "Lady Norma and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Banks".

England manager Gareth Southgate said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Gordon's passing".

'Of course there was THAT save, but its so much more we are mourning today, ' Manchester City winger Sterling posted on Twitter. A true legend and gentleman. "All my thoughts with the family".

"On behalf of everyone connected with England, I send my condolences to his wife Ursula, his family and friends".