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Nobby Stiles: English World Cup winner including Man Utd stalwart dies at 78

Stiles’ family said Friday he died following a lengthy illness.

“The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed off peacefully now surrounded by his family after a lengthy sickness,” the announcement said, according to Britain’s Press Association.

Stiles will forever be remembered because of his jubilant jig on the area at Wembley Stadium — played while holding the World Cup in 1 hand and his false teeth in another — after England beat Germany 4-2 in the 1966 final. It turned into an iconic image by the best day in the history of British soccer.

A tough-tackling and decided defensive midfielder, Stiles was critical for England in its conduct to the closing. His man-marking of Portugal great Eusebio from the semifinals was arguably the very best performance in his 28 national team looks from 1965-70.

“He had been 5-foot-5, had no teeth couldn’t see correctly and had poor knees. However, he was someone who had the will to win and triumph,” his son, John Stiles, told the Manchester Evening News in 2014.

Stiles scored one global target, a winner from West Germany at a friendly, and was chosen in England’s squad to the 1970 World Cup.

“The former Manchester United player was a very important member of England’s World Cup-winning group from 1966, when he played every second of the effort on the homeland,” that the English Football Association said. “Regardless of his diminutive body, Stiles’ combative and tough-tackling type of play made him a powerful and fearsome player, capable of satisfying characters in midfield and protection.”

Stiles created more than 390 looks for Manchester United from 1960-71, assisting a group that also included George Best and Bobby Charlton into 2 English league titles and the European Cup in 1968. United beat Benfica 4-1 to become the first English club to acquire European football’s biggest club trophy, also Stiles again had the upper hand in his duel with Eusebio.

Stiles was among just three Englishmen, together with Charlton and Ian Callaghan, to win both the World Cup and the European Cup.

Stiles was created in Collyhurst, North Manchester. He began his career at United before playing for Middlesbrough and Preston.

He coached Preston, Canadian staff Vancouver Whitecaps and West Bromwich Albion. Then he had a stint as United’s youth team coach from 1989-93, assisting bring through prospective stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes.

Former England striker and TV presenter Gary Lineker was fast to deliver a tribute.

Stiles sold his World Cup winner’s trophy, England shirt in the closing along with other treasured souvenirs in 2010 to increase money for his loved ones. United purchased the decoration.

Stiles, who dwelt nearby Old Trafford, suffered a moderate stroke in 2010 and he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.