Both men became legends at their respective clubs but also cemented their place in football history by being a part of the England 1966 World Cup team
The class of ’66 went on to win the trophy in the final against West Germany, and it remains the last time England won a major tournament.
With the recent passing of two more members of the squad, which players of that famous side are still alive?
Here is everything you need to know…
Who is still alive from the England 1966 World Cup team?
Three members of England’s 1966 World Cup team are still alive. They are as follows:
Bobby Charlton is currently 83 years old. The iconic footballer was diagnosed with dementia late last year, which his wife revealed in an interview with The Telegraph.
Sir Geoff Hurst, now aged 79, continues to live in Cheltenham, after a managerial career at Telford United and Chelsea. He remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, and made more than 400 appearances for West Ham.
George Cohen, 81, was forced to retire after injury when he was 29, after making 459 appearances for Fulham. He was awarded an MBE in 2000.
Sadly, the other members of the team who played in the final have since passed away.
The late players are as follows:
Gordon Banks is famed for his dramatic save of a Pele header in England’s 1970 World Cup match against Brazil.
He won 73 England caps and made 628 club appearances, but lost eyesight in one eye in a car crash in 1982 – ultimately ending his professional career.
Banks died aged 81 in 2019.
Jack Charlton made over 629 appearances for Leeds and collected 35 England caps. Later, he managed Middlesborough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle, eventually managing the Republic of Ireland team.
He was given honorary Irish citizenship in 1996, and died aged 85 in July 2020.
World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore died from bowel and liver cancer in 1993.
He won 108 caps for England, enjoying spells at West Ham, Fulham, and American clubs.
Ray Wilson kept a low profile after the World Cup win, running an undertakers in Huddersfield and playing for the club. He died aged 83 in May 2018.
Nobby Stiles died in October 2020 after a long illness, aged 78. After playing for Preston North End and West Brom, he worked as a youth team coach at Manchester United between 1989 and 1993.
He oversaw the development of players like of David Beckham and the Neville brothers.
Alan Ball died of a heart attack in April 2007, aged 61. The midfielder excelled had stints with Blackpool, Everton and Arsenal, while also winning 72 England caps.
He also moved into management, taking charge at Portsmouth, Southampton and Manchester City.
Martin Peters retired from football in 1983, continuing to sit on Tottenham’s board of directors throughout the 90s. He died in his sleep in 2019, aged 76.
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