Sir Bobby Charlton tragically passed away about a month ago due to complications of a fall he sustained at the nursing home where he resided, with the cause of death of the late, great footballer citing “Trauma in the lungs, a fall and dementia”. In light of Sir Bobby Charlton’s passing, English Premier League giants Manchester United paid their tribute when they played F.C. Copenhagen on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford, whereas the legend’s body was laid to rest with both fans and the football community arriving en masse to pay their respects on 13th November.
As England will be playing their first match at Wembley tonight since the death of Sir Bobby Charlton, the Three Lions are also set to pay their tribute to the third highest leading goal scorer of the country.
Sir Bobby Charlton — 49 Goals in 106 Caps for England
During his playing career at Manchester United, Sir Bobby Charlton registered 249 goals in 758 appearances in all competitions in addition to seven major silverwares for the club, making him the player with the second most tally and games in the Red Devils’ rich and long history. But if you think his record with the 20-time English champions is impressive enough, think again as Sir Bobby Charlton is also the third and joint-seventh highest goal scorer and appearance holder for the Three Lions at 49 goals and 106 international caps.
Furthermore, the player who can play as both a midfielder and a forward helped England to capture the 1966 FIFA World Cup trophy, which happens to be the European outfit’s one and only win in the quadrennial competition. Prior to his passing at the age of 86, Sir Bobby Charlton was the second last surviving member of the winning squad that triumphed on home soil, leaving 81-year-old Geoff Hurst, who scored the first ever hat-trick in a World Cup Final, the only surviving English player from the team.
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A Full Tribute to Be Given in the Malta Match
Given Sir Bobby Charlton’s outstanding contributions to club and country during and after his professional career, the late, great player will be given a full tribute by England tonight, when the Three Lions host Malta for their second last match of the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers. A crowd mosaic and video celebrating the Manchester United and England great’s life will be played, followed by a pre-match ceremony and period of applause; Players will also wear black armbands in tribute to the late Englishman.
England boss Gareth Southgate had this to say regarding Sir Bobby Charlton’s impact towards the national team: “A big part of what we’ve wanted to do with our players is to talk about our identity as a team. Part of that is knowing the history of our team and having an understanding of how special some of the players that have been England internationals before are. We’ve had the chance to do that this week. We showed some footage of Sir Bobby to the players, the first day we arrived.”
The 53-year-old also added: “A reminder that, of course, even a Liverpool man (Like Trent Alexander-Arnold next to me) given Bobby’s performances with England can relate to his importance for English football. You can have a fabulous club career and an international career. At times those things can come into conflict because club managers of course have got to look after their own roles and responsibilities, and that can put players in difficult positions with all international teams, frankly. But your international team will always be there as well and if you can win something with your international team, it’s probably bigger than anything else you’re going to experience.”
The #ThreeLions have been out at training this morning for the final time at St. George’s Park this year 👊@TrentAA will join Gareth Southgate later today for our pre-Malta media conference. pic.twitter.com/t1mec0cLiE
— England (@England) November 16, 2023
Can England Extend Their Unbeaten Run in the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers?
The already-qualified England will host the world no. 171 football country Malta at Wembley tonight, and Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are looking forward to extend their invincible streak in the qualifying round thus far, having won five games and drawn once in the previous six Matchdays.
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