England World Cup Winner Gordon Banks Has Died

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

Born in Sheffield, Banks spent the majority of his club career with Leicester City and Stoke City, winning the League Cup with both eight years apart, before retiring in 1973, having lost sight in his right eye as the result of a auto crash.

Former International soccer players England goal keeper, Gordon Banks (left) with a picture of his famous save from Brazil striker Pele (right).

Widely regarded as England's best-ever goalkeeper, Banks played in the World Cup final at Wembley in 1966 and lifted the trophy.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight", a family statement read.

Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

He made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, regarded as one of the best of all-time, but his career was ended in 1972 when a auto crash cost him his sight in one eye.

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Banks, six-time Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year, earned 73 caps and helped the Three Lions win the World Cup in 1966.

"Gordon will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. @England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was among the first to pay tribute, tweeting: "Of course there was that save, but it's so much more we are mourning today".

England's official Twitter account wrote: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away. RIP Gordon Banks. England legend, your legacy will live on".

"Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

Gordon Banks, England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper, has died aged 81. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

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