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Awkward moment host says Gordon Brown has died instead of Gordon Banks

Banks won the World Cup with England in 1966 Banks won the World Cup with England in 1966
Jennie Wade | 13 February, 2019, 04:52

He was considered one of the finest-ever goalkeepers and, alongside his heroics in 1966, he will be remembered for the iconic save he produced against Brazil's Pele in the tournament four years later.

He became famous around the world thanks to his magnificent parade that literally erased a goal from Pele at the 1970's World Cup.

His death was confirmed by his former club Stoke City which tweeted a statement from his family.

The Tinsley-born star had been suffering from kidney cancer and his family announced today that the world cup victor had "passed away peacefully overnight".

"I had the privilege of becoming good friends with him over the years because we are from the same era and he was an opponent of mine on many occasions".

Arguably one of the greatest shot-stoppers of his generation, Gordon Banks amassed 73 caps for the England national team in an worldwide career which spanned close to a decade.

Fellow goalkeeper Neville Southall added: "RIP Gordon Banks A incredible keeper and it was a joy to have met and worked with him".

The England team Twitter account posted a video of the save on Tuesday. "We had some great goalkeepers in those days, and the only person I can think who came near was Pat Jennings".

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Southgate - who reignited the kind of modesty of spirit and fairplay engendered by the 1966 side that has been largely missing in England teams since that era - said he had enjoyed spending time with an "all-time great".

"Rest in peace, my friend".

Craig MacGillivray tweeted: 'A true true legend of the game!

The Sky News presenter then tried to contain a chuckle before regaining his composure: "He was of course a part of England's one and only world cup - Gordon Banks, I'm sorry". An England legend, World Cup victor and made one of the best saves ever.

His professional career ended later that year when he lost sight in his right eye after a auto crash, though he did go on to play briefly in the United States before a one-year stint managing Telford United in 1979.

But the 1966 World Cup victor would always share a joke with his old friend over his part in Pele's unique World Cup story.

Gary Lineker called Banks "an absolute hero of mine", while current star Raheem Sterling said his legacy "will live on". "I played against some great players, and he was the best player I ever played against".

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