Winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died aged 81

However, his ever-present role in England's 1966 World Cup triumph is what Banks will be most fondly remembered for, alongside his miraculous save to deny Pele in a fixture against Brazil at the 1970 tournament.

Banks' family released a statement through his former club Stoke City on Tuesday, confirming the 81-year-old had "passed away peacefully overnight".

Banks is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time and was named Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year six times, having earned 73 caps for England.

"I had the privilege of becoming good friends with him over the years because we are from the same era and he was an opponent of mine on many occasions".

"Once a champion, always a champion We are deeply sorry to hear of the death of @England World Cup victor @thegordonbanks", it tweeted.

While his slender frame meant he was not the most imposing of goalkeepers, Banks's movement and agility saw him command his area.

Of all the loving tributes that have been pouring in for Gordon Banks today, Pele's farewell to his "magical friend" is perhaps the sweetest Pies have read.

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But one save in particular will always stay with the former Leicester, Stoke City and Chesterfield goalkeeper.

The Brazil No 10 drove his header towards the bottom corner of the goal and Banks, flinging himself to his right, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele's powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar.

Gordon Banks jumps to make a save in the match with Hungary at Wembley.

England manager Gareth Southgate said on the Football Association website: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Gordon's passing". Despite this success, he was dropped by Leicester and sold on to Stoke City for £50,000 in April 1967.

Marcelo Bielsa has joined the tributes being made to Gordon Banks, saying the World Cup-winning goalkeeper was part of "the glory of English football".

"I have great sadness in my heart and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of". Mr Boulton said: "Going to get onto Brexit and politics at the moment, but let's start with the breaking news this morning".

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