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England and Leeds legend Jack Charlton dies aged 85

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England and Leeds legend Jack Charlton dies aged 85

The statement also inspired a steady stream of football fans to congregate outside Elland Road, a lot of them eager to eulogise a man who spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds United and made a joint club record 773 appearances before retiring in 1973.

English football's governing body the Football Association said it was "devastated" by the news.

His England teammate Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the World Cup final, lamented that the national game had "lost one of the greats".

"It was not just the success on the field of play, Jack's endearing popularity also had much to do with the warmth and personality of the person who quickly became such a legendary sporting icon".

"He came to personify a golden era in Irish football at a European and world level from the late 1980s onwards".

The Premier League said players would wear black armbands and hold a minute's silence before kick-off during this weekend's games in tribute.

"Out of all the years I knew Jack, he never talked about winning the World Cup once; he never mentioned it".

Charlton was awarded honorary Irish citizenship a year later. He enriched so many lives through football, friendship and family.

"So saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Charlton who brought such honesty and joy to the football world" he said.

The 85-year-old passed away peacefully at his Northumberland home on Friday, his family said.

"He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side".

His family said in a statement: "As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather".

"We can not express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life", the statement said.

The former Leeds and England defender, who won a World Cup winner's medal in 1966, died on Friday aged 85.

He spent his entire 21-year playing career at Leeds, making a joint club record 773 appearances, before retiring as a player in 1973 and going on to enjoy a successful and colourful career as a manager.

He had spells in charge at Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.

A famous group stage win over England at Euro 1988 was followed by Charlton leading Ireland to their first World Cup in 1990.

After leading the Republic to the 1994 World Cup finals in the U.S. - they lost to Holland in the last 16 - Charlton was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin.

He added: "Jack Charlton was one of the greatest footballers Leeds United and England have ever had but his support, together with Leeds United manager Brian Clough, for members of the NUM in 1984/85 earned him the respect of all miners and women miners' support groups, who called him a hero".

Famously, Houghton was brought into the Ireland squad after Charlton had gone to an Oxford United match to watch John Aldridge and ask him to declare for the Republic - and after Aldridge pointed the Glasgow-born Houghton out to him as also being Ireland-qualified. "He was a great football man and he will be sorely missed". We have terrific players and he got the best out of each and every one of us.

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