George Cohen, England’s right-back at the 1966 World Cup, has died at the age of 83, his former club Fulham United have announced.
George Cohen, England World Cup winner and Fulham right-back, has died at the age of 83
England has lost another member of its 1966 World Cup-winning squad with the death of Fulham legend George Cohen at the age of 83.
Cohen, a Craven Cottage one-club player, made his Three Lions debut in a 2-1 win over Uruguay in 1962 and quickly established himself as Sir Alf Ramsey’s first-choice full-back in the home tournament four years later.
He was vice-captain as England defeated West Germany in the final at Wembley, and he retired from international football just one year later, becoming the first member of England’s 1966 XI to do so.
‘A one-club man, George made 459 appearances for his beloved Whites, as well as 37 England caps, winning the World Cup with them in 1966.’
Following Cohen’s death, only Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst remain as living members of the winning XI from 1956. Only five of Ramsey’s squad members are still alive: Charlton, Hurst, George Eastham, Terry Paine, and Ian Callaghan.
Cohen’s exact cause of death is unknown.
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