England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

LEGEND England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

Gordon Banks' family said he had passed away in his sleep.

No cause of death was given.

The former England, Stoke and Leicester 'keeper is widely-known for his remarkable save to deny Brazil legend Pele at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Indeed, it took 442 minutes, until the end of the semi-final against Portugal, for Banks to finally concede his first goal, with a Eusebio penalty ending his seven-match sequence without being beaten, which remains an England record. Despite this success, he was dropped by Leicester and sold on to Stoke City for £50,000 in April 1967. "He will be deeply missed".

"@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon".

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Footballer Gordon Banks (centre) in 1966.

He will forever be regarded as one of the all time greats.

"I stopped back to do some extra shooting training to help me get used to it, and that helped me make the save". "'You're getting old, Banksy, ' Bobby quipped".

Boro then went on to beat Udinese 4-0, but two defeats in Italy ended any chance of them reaching the final.

Pele must have thought he'd found the net with a powerful header from a few yards out but Banks, who was 33 at the time, somehow managed to prevent it from going in with an unorthodox save. "It was an impossible play".

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England's official Twitter account tweeted: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away".

England's present number one Everton's Jordan Pickford - who was a pivotal figure at last year's World Cup, especially in the penalty shootout win over Colombia - tweeted the save from Pele.

"As one of the finest goalkeepers in football history, Gordon will not only be remembered for his performances on the pitch but also as a champion and gentleman off the pitch, " FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the former striker said: "For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970". He lost one of his kidneys to cancer in 2005 and revealed in 2015 that he was facing another battle against cancer.

"I can't speak about other eras, but he must be one of, if not the, greatest goalkeeper of all time".

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