England World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies, aged 81

Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper dies aged 81

England legend Gordon Banks has died, aged 81.

According to BBC Football, the goalkeeper's family issued a public statement on Banks' death.

It read: "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. "@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

The footballing legend famously played every game of the 1966 World Cup which saw England lift the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley, after beating Germany 4-2 in extra time.

Former England forward Sir Bobby Charlton, who played alongside Banks in the 1966 final, said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had". "He will be deeply missed".

But Banks managed to scoop the low ball over the crossbar with his right hand.

"I thought that was a goal", declared Pele, as he congratulated Banks, who replied: "You and me both". "It was an impossible play".

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'An all-time great for England, I was privileged enough to be in his company on a number of occasions'.

"A World Cup victor, a legend".

Federation Internationale de Football Association also praised Banks by using the clip from 1970, tweeting from its World Cup Twitter account.

In December, Banks took on the role of "FIFA Legend" to take part in the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Final Draw in Moscow.

Adam Boulton was meant to say England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks had passed away this morning but made a slip.

The Tinsley-born star revealed in December 2015 that he was suffering from kidney cancer but continued to make personal appearances since his diagnosis.

He made 73 caps for England while during his club career, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester.

In eight years at Leicester, he was runner-up in two FA Cup finals and won the League Cup in 1964, before joining Stoke in 1967.

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