Sir Geoff Hurst says fans are still thanking him for his World Cup hat-trick 47 years later
Sir Geoff Hurst believes England's only World Cup victory remains a big part of football fans' lives in this country - 47 years to the day of that fateful match at Wembley.
The hat-trick hero told TheFA.com: "30 July, 47 years later. Crazy, where has the time gone?
"It's still nice when you meet somebody in the street who has never met you before and they will shake your hand and say what a fantastic day, thanks for the winning the World Cup.
"It's quite rewarding and very fulfilling to receive that kind of reward."
Hurst remembers the aftermath of the 4-2 victory over West Germany and the innocence with which he and his team-mates celebrated.
"We didn't realise the importance and magnitude of the occasion, how when you win a World Cup and it affects the national psyche of everyone in the country," he added.
"That's when you realise how big it is. It's a long time ago but for many people it's a big part of their lives."
Watch the full interview with Sir Geoff on FATV in the video player below.