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Surviving Members of England’s 1966 World Cup Winning Team: Where Are They Now?



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As England prepares to face Spain in the final of Euro 2024, the nation eagerly anticipates the chance to secure a major tournament victory, which has eluded them since their triumph at the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. Sir Geoff Hurst, the only surviving member of the 1966 final team, holds a special place in football history.

Gordon Banks, the legendary goalkeeper, celebrated a successful career with 73 England caps and multiple club appearances with Leicester and Stoke. However, a tragic car accident in 1972 led to the loss of sight in one eye, ultimately forcing his retirement. Banks passed away in February 2019 at the age of 81.

George Cohen, the Fulham full-back, retired due to injury at 29 after a successful career with 459 appearances. Cohen bravely battled bowel cancer for 14 years, and later opted to sell his World Cup winner’s medal.

Jack Charlton, the elder of the Charlton brothers, enjoyed a successful career with Leeds and managed various clubs, leading the Republic of Ireland to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals. Charlton was diagnosed with lymphoma before passing away in July 2020.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest centre-halves of all time, Bobby Moore, the World Cup-winning captain, succumbed to bowel and liver cancer in February 1993 at the age of 51. Moore’s legacy lives on through the Bobby Moore Fund, which aids in cancer research and awareness.

Roger Hunt, the former Liverpool striker, made a significant impact with over 400 appearances for the club. Hunt passed away in 2021 following a long illness, leaving behind a lasting football legacy.

Whereas winning the 1966 World Cup was a historical moment for English football, the whereabouts and legacies of the surviving members continue to resonate with fans around the world.

Rachel Adams

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