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How the world reacted to England’s 1966 win

How did the world—and Denis Law—respond to England's historic World Cup victory?

By Ian Irvine   July 2018

Germany lost the game by a score of 2-4 against England who won their first World Cup title. Photo: PA

The film critic David Thompson recalls the closing seconds of the final match between England and Germany:

“Geoff Hurst has never been an unequivocally great player. Never will be what we call great—meaning the greatness of Di Stefano, Cruyff, Pelé, Law, Best, Puskás, Matthews and maybe a few others. But Geoff Hurst is a very good player, very well coached by everyone from his Dad to Ron Greenwood, and…

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