World Cup winner English icon Charlton passes away
Published: 04:51 PM, 11 July 2020 Updated: 04:52 PM, 11 July 2020
England’s World Cup winning player and former Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85.
He was one of English football icons, who was in the team that won the one and only World Cup for England at Wembley in 1966, alongside his brother Bobby.
The former Leeds defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and also had dementia.
A statement has been published by his family, which reads: “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.”
The England football team tweeted to say they were “devastated” by the news, while he was hailed as a man who “changed Irish football forever” by the Football Association of Ireland.
“He was a great and lovable character and he will be greatly missed. The world of football and the world beyond football has lost one of the greats. RIP old friend,” said England’s 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst.
Charlton made a record number of appearances for Leeds and achieved unprecedented success with the Republic of Ireland.
As a coach, Charlton led the Republic of Ireland to their first major finals at Euro 88 and the World Cup quarter-finals at Itali 90.
Leeds United, where he spent his entire 21-year playing career and made a joint club record 773 appearances before retiring as a player in 1973, said they were deeply saddened over his death news.