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Moore was the man who led England to their greatest ever sporting achievement - the 1966 World Cup. He made his debut for the national side during preparation for the 1962 World Cup and impressed so much that he played in every match of that tournament. Then in 1963, at the age of 22, he became the youngest man to ever captain England at the highest level. He was handed the role full-time by Alf Ramsey a year later. He inspired England to lift the Jules Rimet trophy through his professionalism and example. He didn't need to scream and shout but let his football do the talking. The image of his gentlemanly gesture of wiping his hands clean of mud and sweat on his shorts before shaking hands with the Queen remains a timeless moment in English sporting history.

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Speculation that Russia and Qatar could be stripped of the right to host the World Cup has led to odds being issued on who could replace them

Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the Premier League title

Jose Mourinho speech: Chelsea manager mocks Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City on stage

The Special One took the stage during Chelsea's Player of the Year awards

Jeffrey Webb

Jeffrey Webb: Eight things we know about the Fifa vice-president

Fifa vice-president reportedly among those arrested this morning

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Steve McClaren sacked: Derby part company with former England manager

Championship side announce manager has been fired following failure to gain promotion

A view of the Chelsea parade

Chelsea victory parade mocked on Twitter as 'tens of fans' pack the streets of London

The Blues took to an open-top bus to show off their Premier League trophy

Mario Balotelli Instagram post: Liverpool striker posts picture of himself in chains gazing through medieval dungeon doorway

Bizarre post from the Italy international comes in aftermath of 6-1 loss to Stoke City

Radamel Falcao during his time at Manchester United

Radamel Falcao: The shocking cost to Manchester United of striker's ill-fated loan

The club opted not to sign the Colombian on a permanent basis

Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao: Seven players that suggest Manchester United might have made a massive mistake

The Colombian's disappointing time at Old Trafford is at an end

Divock Origi

Divock Origi: Liverpool striker included in Ligue 1 'worst team of the season'

His season-long loan at Lille didn't impress the local journalists

Jack Wilshere celebrates his final-day strike

Jack Wilshere wins Match of the Day Goal of the Season award after Arsenal fans hijack vote

The England midfielder was the surprise winner of the poll

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