Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker lead the tributes to England legend Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81

Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker lead the tributes to England legend Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81

RAHEEM STERLING and Gary Lineker are among the first to pay tribute to England legend Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81. The World Cup-wi

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RAHEEM STERLING and Gary Lineker are among the first to pay tribute to England legend Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81.

The World Cup-winning goalkeeper, forever remembered for that save against Pele in 1970, passed away peacefully overnight, his former club Stoke announced.

Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81
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England star Sterling tweeted: “Of course there was THAT save, but it’s so much more we are mourning today. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on. All my thoughts with the family.”

Three Lions legend Lineker wrote: “Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died.

“@England’s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIP Gordon.”

Sir Geoff Hurst, Banks’ former team-mate who scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over West Germany, said: “Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died.

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“One of the very greatest. Thinking especially of Ursula, Julia, Wendy and Robert. Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans. Will be very sadly missed.”

Michael Owen tweeted: “Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81. Had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times and he was one of the game’s true gentlemen, not to mention one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Rest In Peace.”

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