England's 1966 World Cup Heroes

MatthewA By MatthewA, 3rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3h2fhpa1/
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England's 1966 team was their best side. Few would doubt this statement, as England's 1966 soccer heroes won England's only soccer World Cup. As such, the team had plenty of heroes. Here are a few of England's 1966 soccer heroes.

Hurst

"And here comes Hurst... they think it's all over... it is now!” Geoff Hurst was never England's first choice striker as the prolific Greaves often scored goals for England, but Hurst was not a bad reserve to have on the bench. However, when his opportunity came Hurst stayed in the team up until the final. In the final itself, Hurst's goals were decisive for England's eventual 4-2 victory against the Germans. Hurst scored three goals in the final, which was a first World Cup final hat-trick. The third and final goal made it 4-2 to England, and won England the World Cup. For his 1966 World Cup hat-trick Hurst received an OBE from the Queen and so is indeed a knight of England.

Ramsey

While the players won the soccer World Cup for England on the pitch, Ramsey won the World Cup for England off it. Alf Ramsey began as England manager after the 1962 World Cup and started to organize a great England team. With tactical astuteness Ramsey changed the England team formation and tactics by pulling England's wingers back into midfield. The so-called wingless wonders soon found form in a number of pre World Cup friendlies including an impressive victory against Spain. When the World Cup came, Ramsey's formation was effective and England went on to win the World Cup. Like Hurst, Ramsey became Sir Alf Ramsey with his own knighthood.

Moore

Every team needs a captain, and the great captains provide inspiration. For the 1966 World Cup Moore was England's captain as selected by Alf Ramsey before the soccer World Cup. Undoubtedly, Moore provided the inspiration for England in the soccer World Cup. At the back Moore was a defender who gave little away, and was one of England's best defenders for a generation. In the final itself Moore became the first England player to lift the soccer World Cup as it was presented by the Queen. Held aloft by his team-mates at the final whistle with World Cup in hand, Moore was certainly one of England's '66 heroes.

So, these were a few of England's 1966 soccer heroes that won the soccer World Cup for England. Great players such as Moore and Hurst who played a big role in defeating the Germans, and indeed the 1966 World Cup generally, along with Sir Alf Ramsey.

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