England World Cup winner George Cohen dies at 83

Dec 22, 2022, 2:12 PM | Updated: Dec 23, 2022, 4:33 am
FILE -  George Cohen, one of four members of the England 1966 World Cup winning side, talks to the ...

FILE - George Cohen, one of four members of the England 1966 World Cup winning side, talks to the media at the Royal garden Hotel in London Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. George Cohen, the right-back for England World Cup-winning team of 1966, has died aged 83, his former club Fulham have announced on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

              FILE -  Members of the England 1966 World Cup winning team, from left, George Cohen, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst pose for the media with the official English Football Association replica of the Jules Rimet trophy, at the Royal Garden Hotel in London Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. George Cohen, the right-back for England World Cup-winning team of 1966, has died aged 83, his former club Fulham have announced on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
            
              FILE -  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with England defender George Cohen as she was introduced the England team before the start of the Football World Cup match between England and Uruguay ay Wembley Stadium, London, on July 11, 1966. George Cohen, the right-back for England World Cup-winning team of 1966, has died aged 83, his former club Fulham have announced on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Bippa, File)
            
              FILE - England's soccer team captain Bobby Moore, is carried shoulder high by his teammates holding World Cup at the Wembley Stadium in London, July 30, 1966. From left to right, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst, Moore, Ray Wilson, George Cohen and Bobby Charlton. George Cohen, the right-back for England World Cup-winning team of 1966, has died aged 83, his former club Fulham have announced on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Bippa, File)
            
              FILE -  England's captain Bobby Moore, centre, is flanked by team mate George Cohen, left, and Geoff Hurst as they wave to the crowd at the end of the Football World Cup semi-final match at Wembley, London, on July 26, 1966. George Cohen, the right-back for England World Cup-winning team of 1966, has died aged 83, his former club Fulham have announced on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Bippa, File)
            
              FILE -  George Cohen, one of four members of the England 1966 World Cup winning side, talks to the media at the Royal garden Hotel in London Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. George Cohen, the right-back for England World Cup-winning team of 1966, has died aged 83, his former club Fulham have announced on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

LONDON (AP) — George Cohen, a defender who played on England’s World Cup-winning team in 1966, has died, the English Football Association said Friday. He was 83.

Cohen played every minute of England’s victorious campaign on home soil. He made 37 appearances for his national team as a right back.

A cause of death was not announced.

Cohen played his entire club career for Fulham, where he made 459 appearances between 1956 and 1969. He retired from playing at 29 after a serious knee injury.

“Everyone at Fulham Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest ever players — and gentlemen — George Cohen,” the Premier League club said in a statement.

Cohen was the vice-captain for England when the team beat West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. England striker Geoff Hurst scored a hat trick in that match, which went to extra time.

“Very sad to hear my friend and England teammate George Cohen has died,” Hurst wrote on Twitter. “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.”

Hurst and Bobby Charlton are the only surviving members of the England squad from the final.

The FA said a tribute for Cohen will be planned at Wembley in March when England faces Ukraine.

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

Fulham recognized Cohen’s contribution to the club by unveiling a statue of him at Craven Cottage in 2016.

“I find it absolutely wonderful that they even thought I was worthy of it,” Cohen said at the time, according to a tribute posted Friday on the club’s website. “Especially as it was alongside Johnny Haynes, the greatest name in Fulham’s history.”

Cohen had worked within the west London club’s hospitality suites, regaling guests with stories from his incredible career.

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