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Football news - England World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies, aged 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks dies, aged 81

12/02/2019 at 16:54Updated 12/02/2019 at 20:09

Gordon Banks, England’s World-Cup winning goalkeeper, has died aged 81.

He was considered one of the finest-ever goalkeepers and, alongside his heroics in 1966, he will be remembered for the iconic save he produced against Brazil's Pele in the tournament four years later.

Banks was born in Sheffield and won 73 caps, winning FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year six times.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight," his family said.

" 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.”

Banks played in every game of England's glorious 1966 World Cup campaign, which ended with a 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley.

He made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester – with whom he won the League Cup in 1964 – and Stoke before retiring from the professional game at the age of 34 following a road accident which cost him the sight in his right eye, although he later returned briefly to the sport in America.

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