Just three of England’s legendary World Cup winning team of 1966 are still alive today

Only three of England's legendary 1966 World Cup winning team are still alive after Liverpool hero Roger Hunt passed aged 83.

Hunt was a crucial player in the tournament triumph for Sir Alf Ramsey, playing in all six games and scoring three times on the way to the final with West Germany.

His death leaves just three surviving members of the England team that started that match, with six of the players having passed away since May 2018.

Sir Geoff Hurst, Hunt's attacking partner and scorer of the only ever hat-trick in a World Cup final, still lives in Cheltenham aged 79.

Right-back George Cohen, who was forced to retire because of injury when he was just 29 years old, is also still alive.

And Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton was last year diagnosed with dementia, the fifth player from the team to be inflicted with the neurological disease.

His wife, Lady Norma Charlton, made the news public just 48 hours after the death of team-mate Nobby Stiles, who was one of the five and the previous most recent passing in October 2020.

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Ray Wilson (May 2018), Martin Peters (December 2019) and Bobby's brother Jack Charlton (July 2020) all also died having had the disease.

Goalkeeper Gordon Banks is the other player to have left us within the past few years, passing away in his sleep aged 81 in February 2019.

Alan Ball suffered a heart attack in April 2007 which ended his life prematurely at the age of 61.

The team's iconic captain, Bobby Moore, was the first to pass in February 1993 after suffering from bowel and liver cancer.

Those eleven men remain the only team to have won a major tournament trophy for England.

Gareth Southgate came very close to changing that record with the current squad at this summer's Euros, and will go again next November for the 2022 World Cup.

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