sport news Roger Hunt: Jamie Carragher and John Aldridge lead tributes to Liverpool icon

sport news Roger Hunt: Jamie Carragher and John Aldridge lead tributes to Liverpool icon
sport news Roger Hunt: Jamie Carragher and John Aldridge lead tributes to Liverpool icon

The death of Roger Hunt at the age of 83 leaves just three surviving members from the England team that won the World Cup in 1966.

Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst and George Cohen are now the only living players from the team that famously and thrillingly defeated West Germany 4-2 after extra time at Wembley.

It remains England's only major tournament triumph, though Gareth Southgate's current crop were agonisingly close to beating Italy in the Euro 2020 final this summer.

Hunt started the '66 final in attack but his industrious performance was always likely to be overshadowed by the hat-trick scored by his strike partner Hurst.

However, Hunt netted three times during the tournament - once in the 2-0 win over Mexico during the group stage and twice in the victory over France by the same scoreline that followed it.

He is a club legend at Liverpool, where he scored 261 goals in 416 matches and remains their all-time leading scorer in league competition.

Fans affectionately referred to Hunt as 'Sir Roger' even though he was never formally knighted. He received the MBE in 2000.

Here's what happened to the rest of the England team that started the 1966 World Cup final.

Gordon Banks - One of English football's most distinguished goalkeepers, Banks played 73 times for England in addition to 356 matches for Leicester City and 250 for Stoke City. He pulled off one of the finest saves ever seen to deny a certain goal by Brazil's Pele in the 1970 World Cup. Banks died in February 2019 at the age of 81. 

George Cohen - England's right-back that afternoon at Wembley was a one-club man, turning out 459 times for Fulham during a 13-year playing career there. Cohen was capped 37 times for his country and played each of England's six matches during the 1966 tournament and was the team's vice-captain to Bobby Moore. Now aged 81.

Jack Charlton - The centre-back was another to play for just one club, spending a remarkable 21 years in the Leeds United squad and amassing 762 games and 95 goals. That included a league title, FA Cup and League Cup wins and two European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup successes. Played 35 times for England and later managed the Republic of Ireland in three major tournaments. Died in July 2020 at the age of 85 after suffering from lymphoma and

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