Legendary England World Cup-Winning Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Passes

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

Stoke City also shared the news and included a statement from his family.

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.

England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81.

A national treasure, Banks was awarded an OBE in 1970 - the same year he made the so-called "save of the century" to deny Brazil legend Pele at the World Cup in Mexico.

His professional career ended later that year when he lost sight in his right eye after a vehicle crash, though he did go on to play briefly in the United States before a one-year stint managing Telford United in 1979.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight", the statement was quoted, as saying by BBC Football.

He wrote: "Sad news about Gordon Banks who I had the pleasure to meet on a few occasions".

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Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer's most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil.

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

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

Banks was a two-time League Cup victor with the Potters and the Foxes but is best remembered for his contributions on the worldwide stage, where he won 73 caps for his country. "Will be very sadly missed".

While fans were also taking to social media to pay tribute to the England legend. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends". Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that.

Gary Lineker called Banks "an absolute hero of mine", while current star Raheem Sterling said his legacy "will live on".

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