1966 World Cup winner George Cohen dies

George Cohen, the 1966 World Cup-winning right-back for England, has died at the age of 83, according to his former club Fulham.Information Guide Nigeria

Cohen played every minute of his country’s winning campaign on home soil, earning 37 caps in total.

Fulham wrote on the club’s official Twitter account: “Everyone at Fulham Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest ever players – and gentlemen – George Cohen MBE.”

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Cohen may have only won one title during his playing career, but his World Cup winner’s medal from the 1966 final guaranteed his position in English football history.

Cohen, who died at the age of 83, spent his entire club career with Fulham and, but for an unforeseen injury to then-regular England right-back Jimmy Armfield, he might never have been given the chance to become an established member of Sir Alf Ramsey’s team.NYSC portal

It was no surprise to see Ramsey turn to the dependable Cohen when a knee injury left out Blackpool’s Armfield, who had garnered international praise for his efforts as England reached the quarter-finals of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, where they lost to eventual champions Brazil.

In May 1964, Cohen earned his England debut at right-back against Uruguay. He’d be enjoying the game’s biggest reward just over two years later.

Cohen would also play over 450 games with Fulham, helping them to promotion to the top flight in 1958-59, until he was forced to retire at the age of 29 due to a knee injury, after which he went on to pursue a career in property development.

His 37th and final appearance for England came in November 1967, when England defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 at Wembley Stadium.

He was awarded a British MBE in 2000, along with four other members of the World Cup-winning XI who had yet to be honored.JAMB Result

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