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Geoff Hurst: World Cups past and present
Geoff Hurst in action in the 1966 World Cup final
Geoff Hurst, England number 10, in action during the 1966 World Cup final

"Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over. It is now."

Few will forget the moment that Geoff Hurst's final goal gave England the 4-2 victory against Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.

Speaking on Radio Cambridgeshire, Hurst said: "What a wonderful commentary, hearing that again. It's fantastic."

The only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final predicted that England should get to the semi-final in 2010 and praised the squad's team spirit.

Hurst is well-aware of the fact that some fans are fed up with hearing about England's one and only World Cup victory - all of 44 years ago.

He said: "I'm not fed up with hearing anything about the World Cup and winning it. Not at all.

"I hope the young people today can experience and feel what we felt, as a player, as a fan, all those years ago."

Sir Geoff Hurst
Sir Geoff Hurst has high hopes for England in the 2010 World Cup

Memories

Is there anything to top that World Cup winning experience at the tender age of 24?

He agreed that it certainly was a high, but added: "It's just nice to have been part of it and that people remember it.

"A man stopped me just the other day outside the Houses of Parliament, stuck his hand out and said 'thanks for the memories' and just walked on his way.

"And that happens almost every day - and then you realise just how big it is."

'Good chance'

And, does Sir Geoff think England can do it this year?

"Well, you don't really think that far. Players and managers don't think about the final.

"They think about winning each game - like the old expression - taking each day as it comes.

"We're in with a good chance. We're well-managed, the spirit is very good, we've qualified well and I'd be very disappointed at the very least, with our favourable half of the draw, if we don't get at least to the semi-final.

"And then you need that tiny little thing called luck."

Sir Geoff Hurst scored 24 goals in 49 appearances for England, and is lending his support to the BT Vision 2018 Back the Bid campaign to bring the World Cup to England.




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