FA Chairman hails World Cup winner Jack Charlton, who has died aged 85

Saturday 11 Jul 2020
Charlton, pictured in 2015 ahead of a friendly between the Republic of Ireland and England in Dublin

FA Chairman Greg Clarke has paid tribute to former England international Jack Charlton, who has passed away at the age of 85.

Charlton won 35 caps between 1965 and 1970, and was part of the Three Lions' World Cup-winning team of 1966.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of Jack's passing, and my thoughts are with his wife Pat, his family and friends," Clarke said.

"A true giant of English football, Jack will forever be remembered for his significant contribution to our World Cup win in 1966 and for being a warm-hearted, thoughtful man."

Charlton holds the FA Cup aloft at Wembley Stadium after winning it with Leeds United in 1972

Clarke continued: "My condolences also go to all connected with Leeds United, where Jack spent his entire playing career. He won every single major domestic trophy, including the first division title and the FA Cup, and enjoyed European success too.

"He was also voted Footballer of the Year in 1967 – following his brother Bobby – and his subsequent managerial career would bring even more incredible memories, particularly with the Republic of Ireland.

"I am certain that all football fans, and many more besides, will mourn Jack today.

"He left an indelible impression on our national game and was guaranteed an affectionate and warm welcome wherever he went. A huge presence on and off the pitch, Jack will never be forgotten at Wembley."

Bobby and Jack pictured in 2006 during the construction of the new Wembley Stadium

A further tribute to Charlton and his career can be found here.

By FA Staff