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THE death of the footballer Bobby Moore put everything else into perspective in a week which earlier had the fate of England's cricketers in India as a seemingly unbeatable low point.

English sports fans got off to a good start in rugby, with Wales's Grand Slam bubble bursting in the second outing (20-0 against the Scots), but by Tuesday defeat by an innings and 15 runs in Bombay had condemned England to a 3-0 Test cricket whitewash.

In the world of games it could not get any worse; in the real world it could and did. On Wednesday, Bobby Moore, 51, the icon of England's World Cup winning team, died of cancer. 'He was the heartbeat of the team in 1966,' Sir Alf Ramsey said, while Pele described him as 'one of the world's geatest footballers and a wonderful gentleman'.

Certain days are etched in sporting memory: 24 February 1993 is now one of them.