England World Cup-winning 'keeper Gordon Banks dies

Banks won the World Cup with England in 1966

He was considered one of the finest-ever goalkeepers and, alongside his heroics in 1966, he will be remembered for the iconic save he produced against Brazil's Pele in the tournament four years later.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight", Banks' family said in a statement released by his former club Stoke City.

Banks, who was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times and made 73 appearances for England, played in every game of the 1966 World Cup, culminating in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley Stadium.

'We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time'.

He was sold to Stoke for £50,000 in 1967, helping them win the League Cup in 1972. Banks was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times and played 73 times for England.

"I will never ever forget the feeling of [winning the tournament]", Banks told FIFA.com in 2017, "and I know it means so much to so many in England, from those who were there and plenty who have been born since". Then I looked back and I couldn't believe it hadn't gone in.

Banks, whose club playing career revolved largely around Stoke and Leicester City, is the latest of the 1966 team to pass away.

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Peter Shilton, the former England goalkeeper who made a record 125 appearances for his country and like Banks played for Leicester and Stoke, tweeted: "I'm devastated - today I've lost my hero our condolences to his family RIP Gordon".

Southgate - who reignited the kind of modesty of spirit and fairplay engendered by the 1966 side that has been largely missing in England teams since that era - said he had enjoyed spending time with an "all-time great".

England's official Twitter account wrote: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away". While it was indeed phenomenal my memory of Gordon is not defined by that but his friendship.

Banks retired from the professional game at the age of 34 following a road accident which cost him the sight in his right eye, although he later returned briefly to football in America.

"He was one of the game's greatest goalkeepers, a provider of stunning World Cup memories & a gentleman".

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

World Cup victor Gordon Banks was a "goalkeeper with magic", says Brazil legend Pele, after the former England goalkeeper died at the age of 81.

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