Tributes Flood In For Former England Star

Last updated : 20 September 2021 By Three Lions

The football world has been remembering the goalscoring genius of Jimmy Greaves after Sunday's announcement that the former Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and England striker had died at the age of 81.

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Known to later generations as a popular television pundit, Greaves will, for many, always be seen as the striker supreme, a natural finisher with an incredible record for both club and country.

His tally of 44 goals for England means he is behind only Wayne Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker in the all-time list but is made all the more impressive given that haul was attained from only 57 caps, six hat-tricks among them.

Missing out on the 1966 World Cup final victory against Germany will always have been a difficult moment but Greaves, thankfully, did finally receive a winners' medal, along with the other squad members, in 2009.

Lineker called Greaves 'quite possibly the greatest striker this country has ever produced' while England manager Gareth Southgate said: "Jimmy certainly deserves inclusion in any list of England's best players."