2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – 6 days to go: England’s lionhearted captain
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is drawing ever nearer – with just 6 days to go!
In less than a week’s time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st edition of the world’s greatest football tournament will kick off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium with the match between the hosts and Saudi Arabia.
Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.
6 – “Immaculate footballer. Imperial defender. Immortal hero of 1966. First Englishman to raise the World Cup aloft. Favourite son of London’s East End. Finest legend of West Ham United. National treasure. Master of Wembley. Lord of the game. Captain extraordinary. Gentleman for all time.”
Every visitor to Wembley Stadium who stands before the majestic bronze statue of Bobby Moore on Wembley Way can read the above inscription about the man both Pele and Franz Beckenbauer considered a gentleman, friend and the best defender they ever faced.
Moore was just 22 years old when he first captained England to a 4-2 win over Czechoslovakia in 1963. He then wore the armband from the summer of 1964 until his final international game almost a decade later, including during the Three Lions’ successful World Cup campaign in 1966. In the same year he became the first footballer to win the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and received the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
The defender is undoubtedly one of the greatest players English football has ever produced, wearing the No6 shirt for both England and his club, West Ham United. In August 2008, 15 years after his death, West Ham retired his shirt number as a mark of respect.