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Who is still alive from the England 66 team?

Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet cup aloft

The England team after their 4-2 victory over West Germany in the World Cup Final in 1966. (Picture: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

England are playing Italy tonight under the arches, in what looks set to be a suspenseful match for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side.

The last time they won a major tournament was also at Wembley – at the 1966 World Cup final.

The team that won the match were cemented as footballing legends in the county, but where are they now?

Read on to find out what happened to the squad.

Who is still alive from the England 66 team?

Four members of England’s 1966 World Cup team are still alive. They are:

Bobby Charlton is currently 83 years old. The iconic footballer was diagnosed with dementia late last year, which his wife revealed in an interview with The Telegraph.

Sir Bobby Charlton against a blurred background

Sir Bobby Charlton still attends football matches regularly (Picture: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Roger Hunt, who made more than 400 appearances for Liverpool, is now 82. He joined his family’s haulage company after retiring from the Anfield club, and was inducted into England’s Hall of Fame in 2006.

Sir Geoff Hurst, now aged 79, continues to live in Cheltenham, after a managerial career at Telford United and Chelsea. He remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, and made more than 400 appearances for West Ham.

George Cohen, 81, was forced to retire after injury when he was 29, after making 459 appearances for Fulham. He was awarded an MBE in 2000.

Sadly, the other members of the team have since passed away.

Gordon Banks is famed for his dramatic save of a Pele header in England’s 1970 World Cup match against Brazil.

He won 73 England caps and made 628 club appearances, but lost eyesight in one eye in a car crash in 1982 – ultimately ending his professional career.

Banks died aged 81 in 2019.

Jack Charlton made over 629 appearances for Leeds and collected 35 England caps. Later, he managed Middlesborough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle, eventually managing the Republic of Ireland team.

The victorious England team celebrate with the Jules Rimet Trophy

The England team celebrating in 1966 (Picture: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

He was given honorary Irish citizenship in 1996, and died aged 85 in July 2020.

World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore died from bowel and liver cancer in 1993.

He won 108 caps for England, enjoying spells at West Ham, Fulham, and American clubs.

Ray Wilson kept a low profile after the World Cup win, running an undertakers in Huddersfield and playing for the club. He died aged 83 in May 2018.

Football fans gather in Leicester Square

Fans gather ahead of the first tournament final since 1966 (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty)

Nobby Stiles died in October 2020 after a long illness, aged 78. After playing for Preston North End and West Brom, he worked as a youth team coach at Manchester United between 1989 and 1993.

He oversaw the development of players like of David Beckham and the Neville brothers.

Alan Ball died of a heart attack in April 2007, aged 61. The midfielder excelled had stints with Blackpool, Everton and Arsenal, while also winning 72 England caps.

He also moved into management, taking charge at Portsmouth, Southampton and Manchester City.

Martin Peters retired from football in 1983, continuing to sit on Tottenham’s board of directors throughout the 90s. He died in his sleep in 2019, aged 76.


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