A few minutes ago it was announced that West Ham and England legend Martin Peters has died aged 76.
Peters famously scored for England in the 1966 World Cup final – as the Three Lions beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley. The midfielder was also famed for being the first £200,000 players, when he transferred from the Hammers to Tottenham.
He also played for Norwich and Sheffield United before retiring from professional football in 1981 – having taken charge of the Blades.
In 2016, it was revealed that Peters had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
A statement on the West Ham website said: It is with profound sadness that we announce that Martin passed away peacefully in his sleep at 4.00am this morning.
“A beloved husband, dad and grandad, and a kind, gentle and private man, we are devastated by his loss but so very proud of all that he achieved and comforted by the many happy memories we shared. “We will be making no further comment and kindly ask that the privacy of our family is respected at this extremely difficult time.” Gary Lineker said: “Sorry to hear that Martin Peters has passed away. One of our World Cup winning heroes. A great player and a true gentleman.”