Winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies aged 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

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

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

He started every game for his country during the 1966 tournament and played in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final.

He played just under 300 times for Leicester City before moving to Stoke in 1967, where made 194 appearances in six years at the club.

Since the tragic news was announced, tributes have been flooding in from the sporting world.

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His status as an all-time great may have been sealed at the 1966 World Cup, but it was the save Gordon Banks produced to deny Pele four years later which became his defining moment on the global stage.

He made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, regarded as one of the best of all-time, but his career was ended in 1972 when a auto crash cost him his sight in one eye.

His death was confirmed by his former club Stoke City which tweeted a statement from his family.

Former England and Leicester striker, Gary Lineker wrote on social media: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died. @England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

We, at Soccer Laduma, send our condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Banks. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on.

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