The soccer world misplaced a monumental determine of soccer final week when Sir Bobby Charlton handed away.
The Manchester United legend’s passing drew tributes from all corners of the world and the worldwide break offered the right alternative for the nationwide staff to get entangled too.
Sir Bobby was the architect of England’s solely World Cup victory in 1966 and earlier than the European Championship qualifier in opposition to Malta at Wembley the Three Lions paid their respects.
The best tribute got here not on the sphere, however off it.
The England legend was given an honorary dressing room space within the build-up to the match, together with his iconic ‘No 9’ shirt hanging within the room alongside the present gamers.
He wore quantity 9 for England and the shirt quantity turned iconic as he led England to World Cup glory, scoring twice in opposition to Portugal within the semi-final.
Past the dressing room, discourse about his performances for the nationwide staff dominated pre-match protection.
His black and white photograph graced the match day program and a minute’s applause in his honor was one other mark of respect.
The Wembley crowd was proven a 90-second video earlier than the gamers took the sphere, displaying simply how influential Sir Bobby Charlton was.
To this present day, he stays considered one of solely 9 gamers in soccer historical past to have received the Champions Cup (now Champions League), the World Cup and the Ballon d’Or.
England received the match in opposition to Malta 2-0 because of a objective from Harry Kane and an personal objective from Malta’s Enrico Pepe.
Together with his objective, Kane prolonged his lead on the record of all-time England prime scorers with 61 targets. Sir Bobby Charlton is third on the record with 49.