England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles has died at the age of 78 after a long illness, his family has announced.
Stiles was a member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning side, and played more than 300 times for Manchester United during his club career.
The midfielder was part of the United team which won two First Division titles and the European Cup in 1968.
Having joined the club as a teenager, he played 311 times for the Red Devils throughout his laying days before stints at Middlesbrough and Preston North End.
Stiles was a part of Matt Busby’s United side in the 1960s, and played a vital role in their European Cup success.
He was also a key player in England’s 1966 World Cup squad, and played every minute of the tournament.
In later life, he suffered from dementia, and as a result his family has backed research into the role of sport and dementia.
Stiles had been suffering from ill health for a number of years, and suffered a mini-stroke in 2010 at the age of 68.
He was then diagnosed with prostate cancer just three years later, while battling dementia.
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