Tributes pour in for England World Cup hero Gordon Banks

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Former Leicester City and Stoke City player Banks was capped 73 times for his country and was an ever-present as Alf Ramsey's team claimed glory on home soil in 1966.

Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81, it has been announced.

Gordon Banks, one of the world's most famous goalkeepers, passed away Tuesday at the age of 81.

Banks, six-time Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper of the year, earned 73 caps and helped the Three Lions win the World Cup in 1966.

During his worldwide career, he won 73 caps and played in two World Cups, and between 1966 and 1971 he was named Fifa's Goalkeeper Of The Year for six consecutive years.

Gary Lineker called Banks "an absolute hero of mine", while current star Raheem Sterling said his legacy "will live on".

After beginning his career at Chesterfield in March 1953, his crowning glory came in the summer of 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final to turn him into a household name and national hero.

'@England's World Cup victor was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon'.

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"The sad news reaches us that legendary former Spireite Gordon Banks has passed away".

One said: "RIP Gordon Banks".

England's official Twitter account wrote: "We're deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away".

Former Leicester and Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright added: 'A true legend in every sense of the word, a gentleman and outstanding goalkeeper, RIP our 1966 World Cup winning goalie.

"The loss of the greatest goalkeeper of all time, a true gentleman and loyal Stoke City legend".

"Gordon will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time".

"On behalf of everyone connected with England, I send my condolences to his wife Ursula, his family and friends". "All my thoughts with the family".