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

England World Cup-winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

England World Cup-winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

The news of his death was announced in a statement from his family on Twitter.

Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81, it has been announced.

Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper who helped England win the World Cup in 1966, has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke City said in a statement on Tuesday.

Banks made 73 global appearances and lifted the 1966 World Cup in England's 4-2 win over West Germany.

During his worldwide career, he won 73 caps and played in two World Cups, and between 1966 and 1971 he was named Fifa's Goalkeeper Of The Year for six consecutive years.

Former England striker Gary Lineker said: "An absolute hero of mine, and countless others, England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man".

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

Fellow ex-England worldwide Ray Parlour, meanwhile, hailed his save against Pele as the "best ever": 'More sad news in the football world.

The goalkeeper's spectacular stop in a group-stage clash with Brazil during England's defence of the trophy in Mexico is widely regarded as one of the greatest saves of all time.

One said: "RIP Gordon Banks. Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

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".

Leicester City - one of his former clubs - posted they were saddened to hear of the news, while existing Foxes man Harry Maguire called Banks "a legend". "All my thoughts with the family". A true legend and gentleman.

Another England Peter Shilton, who has admitted Banks was one of his main inspirations, has also tweeted: "I'm devastated - today I've lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon".

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