And now there are just three. The death on Monday of Roger Hunt leaves only Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Cohen from the team that started the 1966 World Cup final and reinforces the increasingly sad realisation that our greatest football achievement is fading ever further into history.
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Roger Hunt obituaryOne of Liverpool’s greatest strikers who played a key role in England’s 1966 World Cup victory Roger Hunt, centre, playing for Liverpool against Sheffield Wednesday in 1969. Photograph: Mirrorpix/Getty Images
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Roger Hunt has died, the eighth member of the 1966 England team to leave us. Of all of the boys of '66, in the national memory cavorting still across the Wembley turf in victory, forever young, Hunt was perhaps the least obtrusive. Modest, unshowy, socially shy, he was not a man to preen. In many minds he remains the forward who graciously did not apply a finishing touch to his team-mate Geoff Hurst’s shot that hit the bar in the final, convinced as he was that it had crossed the line. Yet his v