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Fifty years on, England stirs senses with 1966 World Cup win

It was England's first and only World Cup triumph and, not surprisingly, is still recalled with passion and fondness. The late Bobby Moore lifted the trophy, while Geoff Hurst became the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final which was full of incident and controversy, some of which still burns to this day. When England started the 1966 tournament, the prospect of winning the title appeared a long way off. An opening goalless draw with Uruguay saw the team widely criticised, and their matches did not start…