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

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Gordon Banks, England’s 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper, has died aged 81.

A statement released by his family via one of his former clubs Stoke City 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.”

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

Four years later at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, Banks pulled off one of the greatest saves in football history, denying Brazilian superstar Pele. 

He missed the quarter final against West Germany through illness, and England were subsequently knocked out. 

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