1966 England World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies aged 85
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Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner for England and former Republic of Ireland boss, has died aged 85.
The Ex Leeds defender is known to have lymphoma in the last year and also had dementia.
One of English football’s most popular characters, he was in the team that won the World Cup at Wembley in 1966, alongside his brother Bobby.
Despite not being called into the England team until days before his 30th birthday, Charlton won 35 caps and, playing alongside younger brother Bobby, lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley in 1966.
He also helped England finish third at the 1968 European Championship, and was voted the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in 1967.
“Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away,” wrote former England striker Gary Lineker on Twitter.
“World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack.”
Former Republic of Ireland forward John Aldridge said: “Absolutely gutted that big Jack has passed away.
A family statement read: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.
“As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people”, family said.