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George Cohen, 1966 World Cup champion with England, dies

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Defender George Cohen, who was part of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966, has died, the English Football Association said Friday. He was 83 years old.

Cohen played every minute of England’s victorious home campaign. He took part in 37 matches for the England team as a right back.

The cause of death was not announced.

Cohen played his entire career at the Fulham club, where he made 459 appearances between 1956 and 1969. He retired at the age of 29 after a serious knee injury.

“All of us at Fulham Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest players – and gentlemen, George Cohen,” the Premier League club said in a statement.

Cohen was the second captain of the England team that beat West Germany 4–2 at Wembley Stadium in the 1966 World Cup final. England striker Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick in the clash which went into extra time.

Hurst wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear that my friend and England teammate George Cohen has passed away.” “Everyone, without exception, always said George was a lovely man. He will be greatly missed, my deepest condolences to George’s wife Daphne and his family.”

Hurst and Bobby Charlton are the only surviving members of the English team to have played in the final.

The FA has announced it plans to pay tribute to Cohen at Wembley Stadium in March when England play Ukraine.

FA president Debbie Hewitt said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of George Cohen today.”

Fulham recognized Cohen’s contribution to the club in 2016 by erecting a statue of him at Craven Cottage.

“I find it absolutely amazing that they thought I deserved this,” Cohen said at the time, according to a tribute posted Friday on the team’s website. “Especially because he was alongside Johnny Haynes, the biggest figure in Fulham history.”

Cohen worked in the West London club’s hospitality suites, entertaining guests with stories about his incredible career.

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