Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

England World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies aged 83

England World Cup victor Ray Wilson dies aged 83

On the club's official twitter it wrote: "Everton Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player, FA Cup victor and World Cup hero, Ray Wilson MBE".

Wilson continued as England's first-choice left-back through the qualification process for the 1968 European Championships with the Three Lions, eventually going out in the semi-finals of the tournament while his 63rd and final England cap came in the third-place play-off against the USSR.

His performances for Huddersfield soon meant he was a regular fixture with England and by the time he had left for Everton in 1964, after 266 games for Town, he had made 30 appearances for his country, making him the Terriers' most capped player even to this day.

"Ray was an excellent teammate at global level for many years and a close friend", fellow World Cup victor Bobby Charlton said. We shared some wonderful memories throughout our career and I had the pleasure of being his room-mate.

"In many peoples eyes the best English left back ever".

"The thoughts of everyone at Huddersfield Town are with Ray's wife Pat, his sons Russ and Neil and the rest of his family and friends at this hard time".

There was nothing on display at Ray Wilson's home that told you this was the house of a World Cup victor.

Ray Wilson was awarded a MBE for services to football in 2000
GETTYRay Wilson was awarded a MBE for services to football in 2000

"A wonderful player who was so well thought of across the game, Ray will forever be remembered for achieving a remarkable Wembley double in 1966".

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004 and died on Tuesday night.

Wilson was just one of England's 1966 World Cup squad who had Alzheimer's.

"We had some laughs and some very late nights through the years".

"He is a World Cup victor and played in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world class players", Royle said. "Unquestionably one of the finest footballers to wear the royal blue jersey, Ray passed away on Tuesday evening, aged 83".

Wilson sold his World Cup winner's medal in 2002.

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