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Former England World Cup winner slams FA’s treatment of 1966 heroes

England legend Gordon Banks has slammed the FA’s treatment of the World Cup winners of 1966, saying they have “have done nothing for us”.

The 80-year-old is willing on Gareth Southgate’s side to match the achievement of Alf Ramsey’s team 52 years ago, but does not know if he would be invited to watch the final.

In an interview with The Telegraph he said he was ‘very disappointed’ by the Football Association and said they “have done nothing for us”.

Gordon admitted that he would like to be in Russia if the Three Lions make the final but he doesn’t hold out much hope.

“I hope if these guys succeed they feel more appreciated by the FA than we were. They should be. They will have deserved it. The FA have done nothing for us,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“I have been very disappointed with the FA and what they could have done for us.

“We used to be able to get together ourselves, which Geoff Hurst organised. We did that for a good few years, but so much has happened to the players now.

“A few suffer from Alzheimer’s, a few others we have lost. Geoff had to stop it. We all felt sad about that.”

The closest Banks has come in person to the World Cup this summer was attending the draw.

“I am not sure if I will get invited to the final in Russia if we get there. I would like to be, yes,” he added.

“It was FIFA who organised my being able to go out there for the World Cup draw.”

 

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