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England World Cup hero and Leeds United legend Jack Charlton has died.

The 85-year-old passed away peacefully at his Northumberland home on Friday, his family said.

He had been suffering from a long-term illness.

Charlton, the older brother of Bobby Charlton, was part of England’s World Cup-winning team in 1966.

Jack Charlton (left) and his younger brother Bobby were both members of the 1966 World Cup-winning England team
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Jack Charlton (left) and his younger brother Bobby were both members of the 1966 World Cup-winning England team

He was a one-club man for Leeds United, making a record 773 appearances over a 23-year career as a player.

Widely hailed as one of the all-time great central defenders in the game, Leeds United said they were “deeply saddened” by the news.

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

Nottingham Forest described Charlton as a “true great of the game”, adding that he was a “great adversary, a fine manager and a terrific person”.

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