England’s 1966 World Cup-winning right back, George Cohen has passed away, his former club Fulham announced. He made his international debut in 1964 and went on to represent his country 37 times, playing a key role in England’s only World Cup triumph when it beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time at Wembley in the final. He was one of only three surviving members of that World Cup-winning squad, along with Bobby Charlton and Geoff Hurst. He spent the whole of his club career with one team, Fulham, making 459 appearances for the west London side.
Career of George Cohen:
- Cohen was integral to England’s style of play in 1966, with the onus on full-backs to get forward in coach Alf Ramsey’s system. Having helped England keep clean sheets in their first four matches in the tournament, Cohen started the move that led to the winning goal in the 2-1 semi-final victory over Portugal.
- Only three players in history have made more appearances for Fulham than Cohen: Johnny Haynes (658), Eddie Lowe (511) and Les Barrett (491). His playing days were cut tragically short at the age of 29 after a nasty knee injury.
- In 2016, Fulham erected at a statue of Cohen outside their Craven Cottage stadium in celebration of the 50th anniversary of him lifting the World Cup, while he was awarded an MBE in 2000 for his services to football.
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