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Leeds United and England pay tribute to Jack Charlton after the 1966 World Cup hero died at the age of 85

‘He’ll stay in football folklore forever’: Leeds and England pay tribute to Jack Charlton as 1966 World Cup hero dies aged 85 after battle with lymphoma and dementia

  • England 1996 World Cup winner Jack Charlton passed away on Friday night at the age of 85
  • Football mourned the loss on Saturday morning as they paid tribute to his career
  • Charlton later led the Republic of Ireland and was loved
  • Leeds United, where he spent 21 years as a player, produced a tribute video
  • Gary Lineker and Marcus Rashford were among the tributes to Charlton

Leeds United and the England national team were among the first to pay tribute to Jack Charlton after the 1966 World Cup died at the age of 85.

The former defender, who subsequently made a club record of 773 appearances for Leeds United, died after a battle with dementia and lymphoma.

The English national team’s social media account revealed that the football association had been ‘devastated’ by the news.

A statement said, “We are devastated at the news that Jack Charlton, a member of our 1966 World Cup-winning team, has passed away.

Leeds United paid tribute to legend Jack Charlton after he passed away at the age of 85

Leeds United paid tribute to legend Jack Charlton after he passed away at the age of 85

England said they were “heartbroken” at the news of Charlton’s death when they expressed condolences

“Our deepest sympathy is with Jack’s family, friends and former clubs.”

Charlton was best known for his 21 years with Leeds United.

He is their club record appearance and the champion side produced a montage of his best moments for the club in a poignant tribute video.

In a statement, Leeds wrote in part, “Charlton’s contribution to the game and Leeds United will never be forgotten.

“He will remain in football folklore forever and his records at Leeds United are unlikely to be surpassed.”

In action for Leeds against Manchester United's younger brother Bobby in January 1969

In action for Leeds against Manchester United's younger brother Bobby in January 1969

In action for Leeds against Manchester United’s younger brother Bobby in January 1969

He helped the Yorkshire club win the title in the second division in 1963-64 and then in the first division in 1968-69.

This successful Leeds-based team also won the FA Cup in 1972, the League Cup in 1968 and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups in 1968 and 1971.

Despite being called to the English team only days before his 30th birthday, Charlton won 35 caps and, along with his younger brother Bobby, raised the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley in 1966.

He also helped England finish third at the 1968 European Championship and was elected FWA Footballer of the Year in 1967.

In his mailing days, Charlton was responsible for the national team of the Republic of Ireland for a while.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said in tribute, “The FAI is deeply saddened at the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever. Our thoughts are with Pat and the family in this sad time. ‘

More to follow.

Charlton introduced himself at a later age to attend the funeral of former English goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Charlton introduced himself at a later age to attend the funeral of former English goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Charlton introduced himself at a later age to attend the funeral of former English goalkeeper Gordon Banks

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