Ray Wilson was a member of the England side that won the 1966 World Cup

Ray Wilson was a member of the England side that won the 1966 World Cup

Wilson was the oldest member of Alf Ramsey’s England side that faced West Germany in the 1966 final at 32 years old.

He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004.

In 2000, he and four of his 1966 team-mates - Roger Hunt, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles and Alan Ball - were appointed MBE for services to football.

Wilson spent the majority of his playing days with Huddersfield Town, where he played 283 games and won the FA Cup with Everton in the same year he won the World Cup with his country.

He made 63 caps for England over a span of eight years

 

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

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

Former Everton boss Joe Royle gave an emotional tribute to Wilson having spent time with him on Merseyside.

"He is a World Cup winner and played in the last England team that had four, maybe five, world class players. He was certainly one of those,” Royle told BBC Sport.

"He was the best of his kind at the time. And he was a top guy, always there with a smile or a helpful word. I played a few reserve games with Ray and it was like listening to a maestro. He knew his stuff."

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