Jack Charlton, English World Cup-winning footballer, dies aged 85

In a statement released on Saturday, Charlton’s family said he died peacefully at his Northumberland home Friday with his family by his side.

“Besides being a friend for many, he was a very beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” the family said in a statement.

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he has led and the pleasure he has brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.”

Charlton has played 773 games with Leeds over 23 years and has won 35 caps for England, participating in all matches in the 1966 World Cup.

The tournament saw England clinch its only World Cup trophy, beating West Germany 4-2 in an eventful final at Wembley Stadium.

He played in the game alongside his younger brother, Bobby Charlton, who forged an equally legendary career at Manchester United, his longtime rival of Leeds United.

A year later, Charlton was named footballer of the year for the Football Writers’ Association.

Gary Lineker, who led the attack on England two decades later, paid tribute to Charlton’s career on Saturday.

“Sad to hear that Jack Charlton is dead. A World Cup winner with England, manager of the best team in Ireland and a wonderfully contagious personality to start. RIP Jack,” Lineker said on Twitter.

“Exceptional leadership”

Charlton joined management after his playing career, supporting clubs such as Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland National Team.

A number of British clubs joined Leeds United to share their condolences on Saturday, as did many British and Irish politicians.

“Jack Charlton was a great footballer whose achievements have brought happiness to many,” tweeted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “My sympathies go out to his family and friends.”

New Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil, said that Charlton “personified a golden era in Irish football”, tweeting that the 1990 Italian World Cup campaign had been “pure joy for the nation . He gave us magical memories. Thanks Jack. “

In a statement, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins said that Charlton “leaves a legacy of exceptional leadership from a group of multi-talented players, whom he has shaped into a successful team that has captured the imagination of the nation”.


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