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England World Cup-winner Nobby Stiles dies aged 78 after a ‘long illness’

England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles dies, aged 78, after years of battling with Alzhemier’s – leaving only four of the 1966 heroes still alive

  • Nobby Stiles’s family confirmed he passed away peacefully on Friday aged 78
  • Stiles won the European Cup with Manchester United after they beat Benfica 
  • But his biggest contribution came as being part of 1966 World Cup winning side
  • He won 28 England caps, the lowest of any of the team that won the World Cup

Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78 after a long illness.

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup two years later, when they beat Benfica in the final at Wembley.

A statement issued by the Stiles family read: ‘The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today (Friday) surrounded by his family after a long illness.

 Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78

Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup

 Stiles was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup

‘The family kindly ask for privacy at this sad time.’

Stiles was credited with playing a key role in neutralising the threat of Portuguese star Eusebio in the World Cup semi-final.

In total he won 28 caps, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side.

In total he won 28 caps for England, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side

In total he won 28 caps for England, the lowest number of any of the World Cup-winning side

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