Legendary England World Cup-Winning Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Passes

Gordon Banks is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers to ever have played the game. Credit PA

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.

The goalkeeper made his England debut in 1963 and played every game of the 1966 World Cup, including the final at Wembley where the hosts beat West Germany 4-2 to win the tournament for the first time.

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

The veteran shot-stopper, who played for Stoke City and Leicester City among a storied career, died peacefully in his sleep overnight, his family confirmed .

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

Banks lost the sight in his right eye after being injured in a road accident in 1972 and retired at the age of 34 as a result.

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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. "All my thoughts with the family". Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that.

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

"Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81". Legend Gordon Banks passes away aged 81.

'Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died, ' Lineker said.

We, at Soccer Laduma, send our condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Banks.

Fellow goalkeeper Neville Southall added: "RIP Gordon Banks A incredible keeper and it was a joy to have met and worked with him". I went into the training ground on my 6 weeks holidays to work with him.

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