England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.

The death of the legendary footballer was announced this morning by his family via his former club Stoke.

The statment said: "We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him."

The football legend visited Oxford in 2017 to officially open the £3.5m George Street Hotel and cut the ribbon.

Tributes have began to flood social media in honour of the World Cup hero who was among the star's of England's 1966 World Cup triumph against West Germany.

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He will always be remembered for the remarkable save he made to deny Brazil superstar Pele four years later in Mexico.

Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and won 73 senior international caps.

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However, he lost the sight in his right eye after being injured in a road accident in 1972 and retired at the age of 34 as a result.

Banks waived his appearance fee in favour of a £1,000 donation to the Alzheimer's Society in support of his fellow teammates suffering with the disease.

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