‘A blue phantom, a goalkeeper with magic’

England World Cup-winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

England World Cup-winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

Legendary England worldwide keeper Gordon Banks, who made one appearance for Scarborough FC, has sadly passed away aged 81.

He played every minute of the 1966 World Cup campaign, including the 4-2 win over West Germany in the final - still the nation's only triumph to date.

One of the best goalkeepers in the history of the sport, Banks was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year on six separate occasions and was remembered by many for producing one of the world's greatest saves against Pele in the 1970 World Cup.

Mr Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League and won 73 caps for his country.

Peter Shilton, who followed Banks as England number one, tweeted: "I'm devastated - today Ive lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon".

'He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

Former International soccer players England goal keeper, Gordon Banks (left) with a picture of his famous save from Brazil striker Pele (right).

The game, however, will always be remembered for a save widely acclaimed as the greatest in World Cup history.

But one save in particular will always stay with the former Leicester, Stoke City and Chesterfield goalkeeper.

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"One of the greatest saves of all time".

The England team Twitter account on Tuesday posted a video of what is often called the "save of the century".

FIFA President Gianni Infantino paid tribute to the England legend.

"It was particularly special to be with him at a Football Writers' tribute dinner past year and wish him well on his 80th birthday".

His family said the 73-times capped Banks, who lost an eye in a vehicle crash in 1972, had passed away in his sleep.

"On behalf of everyone connected with England, I send my condolences to his wife Ursula, his family and friends".

On learning of his old mucker's passing, the 78-year-old Brazilian icon took to Facebook to share his thoughts, revealing that he remains "glad" Banks saved his shot, for it kick-started decades of friendship between the two. One of the very greatest.

Manchester City and England midfielder, Raheem Sterling said: "Of course there was THAT save, but its so much more we are mourning today".

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