Gordon Banks, England's goalkeeper when they won the 1966 World Cup, has died aged 81, his former club Stoke City announced on Tuesday.

Banks, who played in every game of the 1966 campaign on home soil, is probably best known for a wonder save he produced to deny Brazilian great Pele in the 1970 World Cup. 

Gordon Banks in action. Photo: AFPGordon Banks in action. Photo: AFP

His family said Banks, who lost an eye in a car crash in 1972, had passed away in his sleep.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight," his family said.

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

Gordon Banks waves to fans in 2015. Photo: AFPGordon Banks waves to fans in 2015. Photo: AFP


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