His toothless grin and jubilant dance with the World Cup trophy on the Wembley pitch has meant that Norbert 'Nobby' Stiles has become part of English football folklore.
Born in north Manchester, Stiles came up through the ranks at Manchester United alongside fellow future World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton. Five years after his United debut, Stiles had become the best man marker in Britain and his dogged determination was a key factor in the club's 1965 championship success. The same year Sir Alf Ramsey, a big admirer of Stiles' tenacious style of play, handed the ball winner his first England cap as the Three Lions drew with Scotland at Wembley.
Stiles impressed with his whole-hearted commitment and Ramsey kept him in the England side for eight of the following nine fixtures.
As the 1966 World Cup hosts prepared for the tournament, Stiles scored the winner against West Germany in the process and cemented his place in England's midfield. His 15th cap followed in England's opening World Cup group game against Uruguay, but it ended in a frustrating goalless stalemate.
As the tournament progressed, England found some momentum with Stiles ever-present as the Three Lions defeated Mexico and France before knocking out Argentina in a famously tough quarter final tie.
Then Stiles enjoyed his most treasured 90 minutes for England as he was assigned the task of marking Portugal's Eusebio - the tournament's leading goalscorer - in a tense semi-final. Stiles kept Eusebio restricted to the fringes of the game and the fact he had nullified Portugal's chief attacking threat meant England progressed through to the Final.
As England lined up against West Germany at Wembley, Stiles knew the outcome of his 20th appearance for his country would not just hinge on skill alone. In a physically gruelling game that went to extra-time, Stiles dug his heels in and was the driving force in England's midfield as a hat-trick from Sir Geoff Hurst ensured England were crowned champions of the world.
Two years later he played a pivotal role in Manchester United becoming the first English club to lift the European Cup and again he had the upper hand over Eusebio and his side Benfica.
After losing his regular England place to Tottenham's Alan Mullery, Stiles went on to win caps sporadically until 1970 - just 28 in total - as the curtain came down on a brief but glorious England career.