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Leeds United and England pay tribute to Jack Charlton after the 1966 World Cup hero died at the age of 85


Leeds United and the English national team were among the first to pay tribute to Jack Charlton after the World Cup ended in 1966 at the age of 85.

The former defender, who played 773 games for Leeds United, died after fighting dementia and lymphoma.

The English team's social media account revealed that the football association was "devastated" by the news.

A statement said: “We are devastated to hear that Jack Charlton, a member of our 1966 World Cup winning team, has passed away.

Leeds United paid tribute to legend Jack Charlton after he died at the age of 85

Leeds put together a tribute video for Charlton after it was announced that he had passed away

Leeds put together a tribute video for Charlton after it was announced that he had passed away

The tribute video showed Charlton in his active time and was a repeat of his best moments

The tribute video showed Charlton in his active time and was a repeat of his best moments

England said they were "devastated" when Charlton died when they expressed condolences

England said they were "devastated" when Charlton died when they expressed condolences

"Our deepest sympathy goes to Jack's family, friends and former clubs."

The Premier League announced that players must wear black armbands to pay respect. There will be a moment of silence before the kick-off in all league games this weekend.

She sincerely honored his granddaughter Kate Wilkinson with a photo of her as a child with Charlton.

& # 39; Yesterday was a very sad day. My grandfather Jack Charlton died peacefully at home. He was nice, playful and sincere and I will miss him so much.

& # 39; Seen a lot of great news in his honor. I will share her with his wife, my grandmother Pat, to help her in this difficult time. & # 39;

Charlton was known for his 21 years as a professional at Leeds United.

He is their record player – 629 in the league and a total of 762 – and the championship team produced a montage of his best moments for the club in a moving tribute video.

In a statement, Leeds wrote in part: & # 39; Charlton's contribution to the game and Leeds United will never be forgotten.

"He will stay in football folklore forever and his Leeds United records are unlikely to be surpassed."

In action for Leeds against Manchester United's younger brother Bobby in January 1969

In action for Leeds against Manchester United's younger brother Bobby in January 1969

Charlton's granddaughter Kate Wilkinson described him in her homage to her grandfather as "friendly, playful and sincere" when she revealed that she intended to share tribute messages with her family

Charlton's granddaughter Kate Wilkinson described him in her homage to her grandfather as "friendly, playful and sincere" when she revealed that she intended to share tribute messages with her family

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford described Charlton as "one of the greats".

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford described Charlton as "one of the greats".

Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker, praised Charlton and his "infectious personality".

Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker, praised Charlton and his "infectious personality".

Wayne Rooney expressed condolences to the Charlton family after hearing about his death

Wayne Rooney expressed condolences to the Charlton family after hearing about his death

He helped the Yorkshire Club 1963-64 to win the second division title and 1968-69 the first division.

This successful team from Leeds won the FA Cup in 1972, the League Cup in 1968 and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups in 1968 and 1971.

Manchester United, where Charlton's brother Bobby played, tweeted her condolences along with a picture of the two brothers.

The club wrote: & # 39; We are extremely saddened by the death of Jack Charlton, Sir Bobby's brother and a member of the 1966 English World Cup winning team. Our deepest condolences to the entire Charlton family for their immensely sad loss. & # 39;

United striker Marcus Rashford also used social media to pay tribute to "one of the greats" in Charlton.

"One of the really big ones," Rashford wrote along with a heartbroken emoji. "The thoughts are with Sir Bobby and the family."

United's leading scorer Wayne Rooney added: & # 39; Sad news, legend. Condolences to @SirBobby and family. & # 39;

Charlton was part of the legendary English team that won the World Cup in 1966

Charlton was part of the legendary English team that won the World Cup in 1966

United added its own statement as they expressed their "deepest condolences" to his family

United added its own statement as they expressed their "deepest condolences" to his family

Charlton was from the northeast and the former defender was head of Newcastle

Charlton was from the northeast and the former defender was head of Newcastle

Arsenal described him as the "giant of the game" and the world of football praised his talents because they reflected both his career as a player and his time as a manager

Arsenal described him as the "giant of the game" and the world of football praised his talents because they reflected both his career as a player and his time as a manager

Game Presenter of the day, Gary Lineker, described the former Leeds defender as one. a "wonderfully contagious personality" for those he was in a glowing tribute.

Lineker wrote: & # 39; Sad to hear that Jack Charlton has died. World Cup winner with England, manager of what is probably the best Irish team ever and a wonderfully infectious personality. RIP Jack. & # 39;

Though Charlton was called to the English team just days before his 30th birthday, he won 35 caps and won the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley in 1966 with younger brother Bobby.

He helped England to third place at the 1968 European Championship and was voted FWA Soccer Player of the Year in between.

In his post-game period, Charlton was responsible for the Republic of Ireland's national team for some time.

The Irish Football Association (FAI) said in honor: & # 39; The FAI is deeply saddened by the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who has changed Irish football forever. Our thoughts are with Pat and the family during this sad time. & # 39;

The Irish association insisted that Charlton changed Irish football forever when he was a manager

The Irish association insisted that Charlton changed Irish football forever when he was a manager

Charlton introduced himself later in life to the funeral of the former English goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Charlton introduced himself later in life to the funeral of the former English goalkeeper Gordon Banks

Former Irish striker John Aldridge praised Charlton as "the best manager I was happy for."

& # 39; Absolutely disappointed that BIG JACK died! What a soccer man, loved and adored, especially in Ireland.

& # 39; The best manager I was lucky for. The times on and off the field were invaluable! My thoughts are with Pat and the family! RIP my good friend Never forget !! & # 39;

Paul McGrath, who also played with Ireland under Charlton, was "completely disappointed" after the news of his former manager's death became known.

"Absolutely gutted," he said. & # 39; father figure for me for 10 years, thanks for trusting me. Sleep well Jack, love you broken heart.

"I think of Pat, John and Peter in this sad time. Green Heart Flag of Ireland Shamrock #thanksforthememories"

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