Football legend Sir Bobby Charlton has passed away at the age of 86 and is well known for playing for the FIFA World Cup-winning England side in 1966.

The Ashington-born athlete played as an attacking midfielder, central midfielder and life-winger over his long career and is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.

Born in 1937, the Northumberland footballer has played for a number of teams such as Manchester United, Waterford and Preston North End.

Family sends thanks to those who cared for Bobby Charlton as footballer dies aged 86

Bobby Charlton's family released a statement following his passing, saying: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family.

"His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and to the many people who have loved and supported him. We would request that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”

Charlton was diagnosed with dementia in 2020.

Manchester United also released a statement, saying: "Manchester United are in mourning following the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club."