Jack Charlton died on Friday evening after a long illness at the age of 85. The former defender was part of the English team that became world champion in 1966. After his career he was, inter alia, national coach of Ireland.
The 1966 world title is still the only one in England's history. Charlton, like his brother and Manchester United legend Bobby, had a starting place in the final, which was won 4-2 at West Wembley after extra time.
Charlton played a total of 35 international matches for England and spent his entire club career for Leeds United, where he was under contract from 1952 to 1973 and became a legend. He played no fewer than 773 official games for the club in 23 years.
"We can't put into words how proud we are of him," Charlton's family wrote in a statement on the Leeds United site. "He's brought so many people around the world fun. Jack is leaving a big hole."
After Charlton ended his career in 1973, he decided to focus on his coaching career. The former defender started as coach of Middlesbrough and later also stood for the group of Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.
From 1986 to 1996, Charlton was the national coach of Ireland, with which he made history in 1990 by making it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Italy. It is still the best performance of the Irish at a world championship.