Soccer-Jack Charlton, England World Cup winner and Irish hero, dies at 85

His finest moment in the national team colors came in 1966, as he helped Alf Ramsey’s England side lift the World Cup on home soil, playing every match at the tournament.

Charlton is the sixth member of England’s World Cup final team to have died after captain Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Gordon Banks, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson.

He was named the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1967 before retiring in 1973.

As a manager he guided Middlesbrough to the second division title in 1973–74 and the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1975–76 before spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.

But it was with Ireland that Charlton, who is survived by wife Pat and their three children, achieved hero status.

“The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever,” the FAI said on Twitter. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin in Dublin and Stephen Addison in London; Writing by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Chopra and Ken Ferris)

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