Former Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks holds the Jules Rimet trophy as he is awarded a a Stoke City shirt before the game.
He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country and is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
His global and top-flight career ended in 1972 following a auto accident, which resulted in Banks losing sight in his right eye at the age of just 33.
Gordon Bank's family confirmed this morning the 81-year-old passed away in his sleep.
He wrote: "Sad news about Gordon Banks who I had the pleasure to meet on a few occasions".
He played every minute of the 1966 World Cup campaign, including the 4-2 win over West Germany in the final - still the nation's only triumph to date.
'We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.
"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time".
Banks helped Stoke to the League Cup in 1972, the club's only major honour and one he won with Leicester eight years earlier, before a vehicle accident in October of that year cost him the sight in his right eye. "Even though I was on the pitch I still don't know how he saved that header from Pele".
He won the League Cup with Leicester and Stoke. Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans. Obviously we shared 1966 but it was more than that. "Our thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends".
Leicester City - one of his former clubs - posted they were saddened to hear of the news, while existing Foxes man Harry Maguire called Banks "a legend".
Gary Lineker said: "Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died".