Gordon Banks Dies Aged 81

Sky News:-  England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81.

Banks made a total of 73 appearances for England during his career, including every game of the victorious World Cup campaign.

However, the save he produced to deny Pele four years later, during a group stage clash with Brazil, marked his defining moment on the international stage – and is still widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

In a statement, released by Banks’ former club Stoke City, his family 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.”

Peter Shilton, who followed Banks as England number one, tweeted: “I’m devastated – today I’ve lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon.”

Presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died. @England’s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon.”