Gordon Banks, England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper, dies aged 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight", the statement was quoted, as saying by BBC Football.

Banks' former England team-mate and successor between the stick Peter Shilton was devastated with the news, tweeted: "I'm devastated - today Ive lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon".

Banks was a two-time League Cup victor with the Potters and the Foxes but is best remembered for his contributions on the worldwide stage, where he won 73 caps for his country.

Banks started his career at Chesterfield, before joining Leicester in 1959 for £7,000, and it was at the Foxes that he established himself as England's number one, earning his first worldwide cap in 1963 against Scotland.

The footballing legend famously played every game of the 1966 World Cup which saw England lift the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley, after beating Germany 4-2 in extra time.

Since the tragic news was announced, tributes have been flooding in from the sporting world.

His family said Banks, who lost an eye in a auto crash in 1972, had passed away in his sleep.

"Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends".

Banks, six-time Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year, earned 73 caps and helped the Three Lions win the World Cup in 1966. "@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

England manager Gareth Southgate said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Gordon's passing".

"Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".

A legendary FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper, who starred for England at the 1966 tournament has sadly passed away at the age of 81. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's friends, family and supporters at this hard time".