ENGLAND WORLD CUP legend Jack Charlton has died aged 85 after a long-term illness.
The former centre back was part of the legendary squad that won the World Cup in 1966 along with younger brother Bobby.
The legend - who also went on to be a hugely popular manager of the Republic of Ireland - died peacefully yesterday at his home in Northumberland with his family by his side.
The Leeds United great had been diagnosed with lymphoma last year and had also been battling dementia.
In a statement, his family said: "As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
"We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
"He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.
"His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories."
Jack Charlton dead at 85 – England 1966 World Cup winner, Leeds United legend and Ireland favourite passes away
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