Alan Ball becomes England's youngest player to lift the World Cup.
Alan Ball was three days shy of his 20th birthday when Alf Ramsey gave him his first England cap against Yugoslavia in 1965.
His boundless energy in central midfield or down the right wing saw the youngster cement his place in the World Cup squad of ’66 where he played in four games, including the Final against West Germany.
It was during this match that Ball best demonstrated his dogged determination and tenacity.
As England were pegged back to 2-2 with just seconds to go and forced into extra-time, Ball refused to let the resolve of the Three Lions drop. The image of this 5’6” redhead with his socks round his ankles and his tireless end-to-end running created one of the iconic images of England’s finest hour.
At just 21
he was the youngest Englishman to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy and would go on to represent his country 72 times.