England’s World Cup winner Nobby Stiles dies aged 78
Published: 05:06 PM, 31 October 2020
Nobby Stiles, one of the members of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died on Friday at the age of 78 years old.
Confirming Nobby’s death, the family said in a statement, “It is with great sadness that we announce that Nobby Stiles has passed away peacefully today after a long illness.”
The family has urged to secure their privacy during this time of grief.
Nobby Stiles was suffering from various physical complications including cancer for a long time.
Sir Geoff Hurst, a teammate who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final, has expressed grief over the news of Nobby’s death. “It’s very sad that Nobby is gone. He was a man of excellent character. He was the soul of the team. I will definitely miss him a lot,” he said.
Nobby Stiles has played a total of 28 matches in England’s jersey. Despite playing less for the national team, he has a colorful career as a Manchester United midfielder.
Nobby played for the Red Devils for 11 consecutive years from 1960 to 1971. During this time, he has won the English League title twice. He also won the European Cup in 1968. The midfielder, who has played nearly 400 matches in his career, has also coached since retiring in 1975.