Sir Geoff Hurst leads tributes as Martin Peters dies aged 76

Martin Peters was one of three Irons to win the World Cup for England in 1966

West Ham legend Martin Peters has died aged 76, his family have announced.

Peters joined West Ham aged 15 and spent 11 years with the club until he became Britain’s first £200,000 player in a move to Tottenham in 1970.

He scored for England in their 1966 World Cup final win over West Germany.

West Ham said “the 1966 World Cup winner passed away peacefully” on Saturday after “a long and courageous battle with illness”.

“He is the fifth member of English football’s greatest-ever team now sadly lost – along with Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks and his fellow West Ham Academy hero and great friend, Bobby Moore,” the club added.

His former England team-mate Sir Geoff Hurst said it was a “very sad day for football and for me personally”.

“Martin Peters was one of the all-time greats and a close friend and colleague of mine for in excess of 50 years,” he added.

“A fellow World Cup final goalscorer and my West Ham partner for years along with Bobby Moore. RIP old friend.”

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