George Cohen: Fulham and England great dies aged 83

Jude Summerfield
Cohen won the World Cup with England in 1966
Cohen won the World Cup with England in 1966 / Evening Standard/GettyImages
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Legendary Fulham and England footballer George Cohen has passed away at the age of 83.

Cohen was vice-captain in England's 1966 World Cup final triumph over West Germany at Wembley. He spent his entire club career with the Cottagers, where he made over 450 appearances.

"Everyone at Fulham Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest ever players - and gentlemen," the club said.

FA chair Debbie Hewitt said: "We are very sad to hear the news of George Cohen’s death today.

"George won 37 caps for England during his international career and was vice-captain of our World Cup winning team in 1966.

"We would like to pass on our deep condolences to George’s family and friends at this sad time."

Fulham unveiled a statue of Cohen outside Craven Cottage in 2016 in recognition of his service and to mark the 50th anniversary of the World Cup triumph. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 alongside four other 1966 winners.

Tributes quickly poured in on social media. Fellow World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst tweeted: "Very sad to hear my friend and England team-mate George Cohen has died. Everyone, without exception, always said that George was such a lovely man. He will be sadly missed, my heartfelt thoughts are with George's wife Daphne and his family."

Former England striker Gary Lineker added: "Sorry to hear that George Cohen has died. Another of the heroes of the '66 World Cup winning team leaves us. He'll always have footballing immortality. RIP George."

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