Gary Lineker leads Sir Bobby Charlton tributes after Manchester United and England legend dies at the age of 86

'England’s greatest ever player.'

Gary Lineker leads Sir Bobby Charlton tributes after Manchester United and England legend dies at the age of 86
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World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton has died at the age of 86 (Picture: Shutterstock)

Gary Lineker has labelled Sir Bobby CharltonEngland’s greatest ever player’ as the football world paid their respects following his death at the age of 86.

The Manchester United and England great passed away on Saturday, his family said in a statement, and tributes have been pouring in since the announcement.

‘Deeply saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has died,’ Lineker posted on Twitter about England’s 1966 World Cup champion.

‘A truly wonderful footballer and genuinely lovely man. A World Cup winner, Man Utd great and, for me, England’s greatest ever player.

‘He may no longer be with us but he’ll have footballing immortality. RIP Sir Bobby.’

Former United captain Gary Neville, meanwhile, has called Charlton the club’s ‘greatest ambassador’.

‘So sorry to hear the news of Sir Bobby Charlton,’ Neville tweeted. ‘The Greatest English Football player and Manchester United’s greatest ambassador.

‘A champion on and off the pitch and a Busby Babe that paved the way for all to come at United. Rest In Peace Sir Bobby.’

Charlton’s former England team-mate Sir Geoff Hurst added: ‘Very sad news today [that one] of the true Greats Sir Bobby Charlton has passed away.

‘We will never forget him nor will all of football. A great colleague [and] friend, he will be sorely missed by all of the country beyond sport alone.

‘Condolences to his family [and] friends from Geoff and Judith.’

Former Three Lions goalkeeper David Seaman said: ‘So very sad to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has left us.

‘A World Cup winner, a European Cup winner, an icon and a legend of the game, but more importantly a true gentleman who will be truly missed by the world of football.’

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