Jack Charlton, England World Cup winner, dies aged 85

World Cup winning England defender and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85, his family have said in a statement.

Jack was the older brother of Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton and one of the Boys of ’66. He was a no nonsense man both on and off the pitch.

He made a club record 773 apps for Leeds United over a 23-year period, winning the League Cup, 1st Division, Charity Shield, FA Cup and World Cup.

He won his first England cap against Scotland on 10th April in 1965 and was part of Sir Alf Ramsay’s England World Cup squad in 1966.

With the Three Lions, Charlton played in every match during the 1966 tournament which England went on to win, defeating West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley – England’s only World Cup success to date.

A true legend of the game. Our thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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