England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Banks dies

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We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

Banks, who famously only had one eye, played most of his career for Leicester City and Stoke City, as well as spells with Cleveland Stokers, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and St Patrick's Athletic.

However, the former England stopper could have carried on for longer if not for a auto crash in 1972, forcing him to give up the game he loved.

He was involved in a vehicle crash in 1972 which made him lose his sight.

Comedian John Bishop broke the news of his passing on Instagram this morning before anyone else.

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'RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on.

Fellow goalkeeper Neville Southall added: "RIP Gordon Banks A incredible keeper and it was a joy to have met and worked with him".

A legendary FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper, who starred for England at the 1966 tournament has sadly passed away at the age of 81.

Gordon Banks goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup victory over the then West Germany has died aged 81 his former club Stoke City announced on 12 February 2019.

He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country and is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

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

Former England forward Sir Bobby Charlton, who played alongside Banks in the 1966 final, said: "Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had".

Leicester City - one of his former clubs - posted they were saddened to hear of the news, while existing Foxes man Harry Maguire called Banks "a legend". Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

Lineker, Leicester supporter and ex-player said: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died".

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