Tributes Paid To Former England Captain

Jimmy Armfield, capped 43 times by England, has died at the age of 82.

15 of those caps were as captain of his country and Armfield, who played in the 1962 World Cup finals, was a member of the victorious 1966 squad although an injury before the tournament started meant he did not play.

His club career was spent with Blackpool, making over 600 appearances, many of them behind Stanley Matthews at right-back where Armfield was seen as a pioneer of getting forward and beyond the winger.

He also managed Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United who he took to the 1975 European Cup final after steadying the Elland Road ship following Brian Clough's turbulent reign.

For many who were too young to see him play it was Armfield's voice that they became familiar with as a summariser for BBC Radio.

Incisive and knowledgeable about the game, Armfield retained his enthusiasm for the action he was watching, never seeking to make comparisons, good or bad, with his own playing days.

Among the tributes, Bobby Charlton said: "As an opponent, team-mate and friend he was, without doubt, one of the most honest and genuine gentlemen I had the good fortune to meet."

Gary Lineker remembered: "A wonderful footballer and England captain who went on to be a terrific broadcaster of the game he loved, and, most importantly, he was a delightful man. He'll be much missed."

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