sport news England's 1966 World Cup winners were duped into parading a FAKE trophy

England World Cup winner George Cohen has revealed his shock at learning the players were duped into parading a fake trophy in 1966.

Cohen said he had spent the last 54 years believing he was holding the real Jules Rimet Trophy when celebrating with thousands of fans on the night of the victory.

The Fulham and England legend was unaware that the FA, with the help of Scotland Yard, had secretly swapped the cup for a replica moments after the Queen awarded it to captain Bobby Moore at Wembley.

The iconic photograph of Bobby Moore holding aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy after England beat West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley - but it was later swapped for a fake in the England dressing room

The iconic photograph of Bobby Moore holding aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy after England beat West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley - but it was later swapped for a fake in the England dressing room

George Cohen (back row, second from right) waits for his turn to parade the trophy on the Wembley turf after England's historic triumph in 1966

George Cohen (back row, second from right) waits for his turn to parade the trophy on the Wembley turf after England's historic triumph in 1966

Cohen, pictured in 2016, was shocked to learn that the FA and Scotland Yard had secretly switched the real Jules Rimet Trophy for a replica one in the England dressing room

Cohen, pictured in 2016, was shocked to learn that the FA and Scotland Yard had secretly switched the real Jules Rimet Trophy for a replica one in the England dressing room

Cohen, 81, was speaking in a new seven-part podcast called 'Stealing Victory – The Untold Story of the 1966 World Cup Heist'.

Told the England team had the fake on the night they beat West Germany, Cohen said: 'I'm staggered. I did not know that, bl***y cheek. It's outrageous. Just like the FA isn't it? Bl***y hell, I don't understand that. I honestly did not know anything about that.'

Peter Weston told the podcast how he was a rookie PC when he was tasked with swapping the real trophy with the fake by the FA.

After watching Moore holding the genuine one aloft after being presented it by the Queen, Weston went to the England dressing room with the fake where he found midfielder Nobby Stiles.

Weston said: 'I had it under my tunic and walked into the dressing room, it was bedlam, it was packed with people. My main thinking was "I hope Jackie Charlton's not holding it" because Jackie would have told me to go away.

The World Cup trophy had gone missing in the March before the tournament and was found by a dog called Pickles, pictured with owner David Corbett, in Norwood, London

The World Cup trophy had gone missing in the March before the tournament and was found by a dog called Pickles, pictured with owner David Corbett, in Norwood, London 

Police detectives welcome the safe return of the Jules Rimet Trophy after Pickles found it

Police detectives welcome the safe return of the Jules Rimet Trophy after Pickles found it

Scotland Yard was clearly unwilling to take any chances with the trophy after England's win

Scotland Yard was clearly unwilling to take any chances with the trophy after England's win

'Out of sheer luck Nobby was sitting starry eyed almost in tears with it in his lap, on his own.

'I just walked up and said: "Nobby you have this and I'll have that," and he looked at me and went "okay" and I took the real one off him and out I went. Straight out and then put it in the boot of the car.'

Nobby, who passed away earlier this month, never told his team-mates what had happened and they unwittingly celebrated with the fake from that moment on.

Crystal Palace fan Peter was just four months into his training when he was ordered on the morning of the final to go to the FA headquarters with two senior PCs.

Asked if he knew why, he said: 'We didn't have a clue, not until we actually arrived and then we were introduced to the

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