Former England captain and 1966 World Cup winner Jimmy Armfield dies

Jimmy Armfield in 1970 (Getty)

Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82 following a battle with cancer.

The former Blackpool player was capped 43 times by England, with 15 of them as skipper.

He made a club record 627 appearances for Blackpool, with the Seasiders confirming today’s news.

‘Blackpool Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its record appearance holder and Vice-President Jimmy Armfield at the age of 82,’ they said in a statement.

‘A one-club man, Jimmy represented Blackpool with immense distinction as a player for 17 years, turning out in tangerine and white on 627 occasions.’

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