England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has passed away aged 81.
Banks was between the posts for England’s legendary triumph in 1966 though his legacy extended far beyond that tournament.
His status as one of the greatest goalkeepers in history was secured in 1970 with an iconic save against Brazil superstar Pele.
The stopper retired in 1973 following a playing career that included spells with Leicester and Stoke.
He won the League Cup twice during his club career – in 1964 with the Foxes and 1972 with the Potters.
Banks made 73 appearances for England, including 15 games in 1966 as the Three Lions ruled the world.
He was awarded the FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year title six times in a row and was twice handed the Daily Express Sportsmen of the Year award.
The England stopper will always retain a place in the hearts of England fans for bringing home football’s biggest prize.
Stoke City confirmed Banks’ death in a statement this morning.
They 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.
How did Gordon Banks die?
Banks has endured many struggles with cancer throughout his life.
In 2015, he was revealed to be battling kidney cancer for a second time.
His health had reportedly deteriorated in recent weeks, with former team-mates visiting his home in Madeley.
Banks passed away peacefully overnight on February 11.