- Gordon Banks' demise was announced by his family via Stoke City's website
- Banks was part of the historic England squad that lifted the World Cup in 1966
- English clubs have been leading tributes for the legendary goalkeeper
Gordon Banks threw the football world into mourning following the tragic death of the England World Cup-winning goalkeeper.
Banks was part of the Three Lions squad that lifted the World Cup in 1966 after stunning West Germany 4-2 in the finals.
He made a massive 73 appearances for England, and just under 300 for Premier League side, Leicester City.
He later made a move to Stoke City, spending close to six years with the club.
Banks' family made public his death on Stoke City's official website, appealing for privacy as they mourn the legendary shot-stopper.
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Fans, European clubs and footballers have since taken to social media to pay tribute to Banks, who is now part of the fabric of Stoke City.
England legend striker Gary Lineker mourned Banks as "hero of mine" and one the "greatest goalkeeper of all time."
Manchester United, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool were among the top Premier League clubs to also send farewell messages.
On their part, Germany national football team distinguished Banks as "fierce opponent" and "a good man."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported Gordon Banks, England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper, has died at the age of 81.
The 73 capped shot-stopper, who is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world, was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times.
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