England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81

England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81

According to BBC Football, the goalkeeper's family issued a public statement on Banks' death.

During his global career, he won 73 caps and played in two World Cups, and between 1966 and 1971 he was named Fifa's Goalkeeper Of The Year for six consecutive years.

The goalkeeper starred in England's 4-2 World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966.

Four years later, he was a member of the England squad which reached the quarter-finals in Mexico, where he made a legendary save against Brazilian striker Pele in the group stages.

Later that year he lost the sight in his right eye after a auto crash.

A statement issued by former club Stoke on the Banks family's behalf said: 'It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

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Banks's World Cup-winning team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton added: "Lady Norma and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Banks".

Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer's most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

Born in Sheffield, Banks spent the majority of his club career with Leicester City and Stoke City, winning the League Cup with both eight years apart, before retiring in 1973, having lost sight in his right eye as the result of a auto crash. "Even though I was on the pitch I still don't know how he saved that header from Pele".

Banks is also remembered for winning the 1972 League Cup with Stoke, in what remains to be the club's only major trophy.

"A gentleman and a football legend RIP". "Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends". Obviously we shared 1966 but it was more than that.

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