England World Cup legend Jack Charlton dies aged 85

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England World Cup legend Jack Charlton dies aged 85

Football legend Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85.

He was part of the team that won the 1966 World Cup.

Charlton spent his entire club career with Leeds United from 1950 to 1973.

He passed away at his Northumberland home on Friday.

In a statement, his family said: “Jack died peacefully on Friday 10 July at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.

“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.”

Leeds United said it was “deeply saddened” by the news.

England football brothers Jack (left) and Bobby Charlton during a training session with the national side on March 16, 1965

Jack is the older brother of former Manchester United forward Bobby Charlton, who was also in the squad that took England to World Cup final victory.

After retiring as a player he worked as a manager for Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland.

Married with three children, he was made an OBE in 1974.

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