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England 1966 World Cup-Winning Goalie Gordon Banks dies aged 81

His family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

"We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time."

Perhaps the greatest ever keeper, Banks is best remembered for an unbelievable save against Brazil legend Pele.

The striker admitted he shouted "goal" as he powered a header only for Banks to miraculously dive and scoop it one-handed over his bar.

Pele was left in disbelief at the stop.

Banks later remarked: "They won't remember me for winning the World Cup. It will be for that save."

He was undisputed first choice for the 1966 World Cup squad, and was Fifa's Goalkeeper Of The Year" for six straight years between 1966 and 1971.

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