Former England defender, Jack Charlton is dead

Former England defender, Jack Charlton is dead.

Charlton, who won the 1966 World Cup with England, died on Friday night at the age of 85 following a long-term illness.

Leeds United confirmed his death in a statement via its official website on Saturday.

The statement reads: “Leeds United are deeply saddened to learn club legend Jack Charlton passed away last night at the age of 85 following a long-term illness.

“Charlton made a club record 773 appearances for Leeds United over a twenty-three-year period as a player, becoming one of the all-time great central defenders in the game.

“He joined the club at the age of 15 in 1950 as part of the ground staff, before signing professional terms and was handed a debut against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 25th April 1953 in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.

“He won his first England cap against Scotland on 10th April 1965 and was part of Sir Alf Ramsay’s England World Cup squad in 1966.”