'FA have done nothing for us:' Sheffield 1966 World Cup icon Gordon Banks fears Russia final snub

Sheffield-born Gordon Banks fears he won't be invited to the World Cup Final if England make it and has said: "The FA have done nothing for us."

Tuesday, 10th July 2018, 11:07 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 3:59 pm
Sheffield World Cup legend Gordon Banks.

The legendary goalkeeper, an instrumental part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad, says he doesn't hold out much hope of being invited to this Sunday's final in Moscow should England beat Croatia in tomorrow's semi-final.

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Gordon, 80, admits he would like to be in Russia if this England team make it to the final but he doesn't hold out much hope.

He also revealed it was FIFA who organised his trip for the World Cup draw and not the FA.

He said: "I am not sure if I will get invited to the final in Russia if we get there. I would like to be, yes.

"I have been very, very disappointed with the FA and what they could have done for us."

“I hope if these guys succeed they feel more appreciated by the FA than we were. They should be. The FA have done nothing for us."

Banks said Geoff Hurst used to organise a get together for the 1966 squad but that has stopped now.

Born and brought up in Tinsley, later moving to Catcliffe, he began his football career with Sheffield Schoolboys.

He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country and is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.