Nobby Stiles, a tenacious midfielder who won the World Cup with England in 1966 and the European Cup with Manchester United in 1968, passed away on Friday. He was 78.

Stiles’ family said that he died following a long illness.

“The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family after a long illness,” the statement said, according to Britain’s Press Association.


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Stiles will forever be remembered for his jubilant jig on the field at Wembley Stadium – performed while holding the World Cup in one hand and his false teeth in the other – after England beat Germany 4-2 in the 1966 final. It became an iconic image from the greatest day in the history of English soccer.

A tough-tackling and determined defensive midfielder, Stiles was crucial for England in its run…

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