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Tuesday 20th March 2018

England Legend Gordon Banks Dies at 81

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:00 GMT

England 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died peacefully at his home in Stoke-on-Trent. Regarded as one of greatest keepers ever, he won a total of 73 caps for his country as well as winning Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times.

Banks will best be remembered for his 1970 World cup save from Pele, which many pundits view as the greatest save of all time.  

His playing career was suddenly cut short as he was forced into early retirement at the age of 34 when he was involved in car crash in which he lost his right eye. At the time of the accident he was still England’s number one as well as being first choice keeper for his club Stoke City. 

According to Reuters, Stoke City released a statement on their website saying "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.” 

Many other former and current footballers, including Raheem Sterling, Gary Lineker and Ian Wright, also paid tribute to the England great on their Twitter feeds.