ENGLAND World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81.

The former Leicester City and Stoke shot-stopper was in goal when England won the World Cup for the only time against West Germany in 1966.

The news was revealed in a statement from the Banks family on the club's official website, www.stokecityfc.com.

It said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.

"We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.

"We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time."