Gary Lineker is among those to have paid tribute to Nobby Stiles following the announcement of his death on Friday at the age of 78.

Stiles will be remembered as a legend of English football after he formed a big part of the Three Lions side which won the World Cup in 1996.

The centre-back also made 311 appearances for Manchester United and won two First Division titles and a European Cup, while he went on to play for Middlesbrough and Preston North End.

He passed away after battling against prostate cancer and advanced dementia, and becomes the seventh member of the England team that started the World Cup final against West Germany to die.

The world of football has been paying tribute to Stiles

Lineker took to Twitter to post: "Saddened to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away. Another of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes leaves us."

"He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby."

Gary Neville wrote: "Rest in Peace Nobby. Thank you for all you did for us. You taught us how to fight for everything in that red shirt.

“Your studs are your best friends out there."

The England national football team's Twitter account added: "We’re incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Nobby Stiles, a key member of our @FIFAWorldCup -winning squad, at the age of 78.

"All of our thoughts are with Nobby’s loved ones."

Stiles playing in an ex-footballers golf tournament

Former Liverpool and Preston defender Mark Lawrenson said: "Terrible news re Nobby Stiles..He more than anyone made me into a Player at PNE..Absolute Gentleman as well...Love to the family...Very Sad day..."

And Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham tweeted: "Quite simply one of the greatest-ever Mancunians.

Manchester United's Nobby Stiles with the European Cup alongside team-mates

"From humble beginnings to a European & World Cup winner. Much-loved in Greater Manchester & by millions across the country.

"We will miss you, Nobby, but thanks for all the memories. Our love to family and friends. RIP."

And Danny Higginbotham added: "Such sad news to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away.

"I know he was ill for a while but doesn’t take away the shock. He was my coach as a kid @ManUtd and what an unbelievably humble human being.

"A massive influence on myself as a youngster. Thoughts and love with his family."

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