England legend Banks dies

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England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81.

England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81.

The former Stoke and Leicester shot-stopper was part of the 1966 squad that lifted the World Cup at Wembley, playing in every England game during that tournament.

Banks, who made 73 appearances for his country, will be best remembered though for a phenomenal save from Brazilian legend Pele during the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

In a statement, his family said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

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

‘ Banks was born in Sheffield and started his career at Chesterfield and will be most fondly remembered in the Midlands, after a successful eight-year spell with Leicester – with whom he won the League Cup in 1964 – and then five years at Stoke.

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