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Former England captain Jimmy Armfield dies, aged 82

Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield, capped 43 times by England and a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad, passes away at the age of 82.

Blackpool legend and former England captain Jimmy Armfield has died from cancer at the age of 82.

Armfield made a club-record 627 appearances for the Seasiders during a playing career that spanned 17 years, while also representing the Three Lions 43 times - 15 of those as skipper.

The Lancashire native also had a seven-year stint as a manager, taking in spells with Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United, before spending more than three decades as a radio commentator.

Blackpool confirmed on Monday morning that Armfield has passed away following a long battle with cancer, leading to numerous tributes on social media.

Ex-England striker Gary Lineker said: "Saddened to hear that Jimmy Armfield has passed away. A wonderful footballer and England captain who went on to be a terrific broadcaster of the game he loved, and, most importantly, he was a delightful man. He'll be much missed."

Alan Shearer tweeted: "You couldn't wish to meet a warmer, more engaging man than Jimmy Armfield. A proper football man and a gentleman."

One-club defender Armfield was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad, but was an unused reserve in the final against West Germany.

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