Tributes Paid To England Hero Charlton

Last updated : 11 July 2020 By Three Lions

World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died, aged 85, his family announced on Saturday.

A key member of the 1966 England side, alongside brother Bobby, Charlton won 35 caps for his country in a playing career that also saw him make 773 appearances for Leeds United.

"He was a great and lovable character and he will be greatly missed.

"The world of football and the world beyond football has lost one of the greats. RIP old friend," were the words of his 1966 World Cup colleague Sir Geoff Hurst.

Charlton moved into management with Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United after hanging up his boots but it was with the Republic of Ireland that he enjoyed great success and proved a thorn in England's side to boot.

His Irish side beat Bobby Robson's men in their opening game at the 1988 European Championships and also earned a draw when the teams were reunited at the 1990 World Cup.