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Armfield receives World Cup medal

Jimmy Armfield
Jimmy Armfield won 43 caps for England

BBC broadcaster Jimmy Armfield will receive a World Cup winner's medal 43 years after England won the trophy.

The former Blackpool and England defender was one of the 11 reserves who did not play in the 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley in 1966.

"It's nice to get it but I can't say it's something that's been bothering me all these years," said the 73-year-old.

Before the 1974 World Cup only players who started in the final received a medal, but Fifa has changed the rules.

Fifa also revealed that 14 additional medals would be made for each of the winning teams from 1930 to 1970.

These days everybody gets a medal, the kit man, the bus driver, they all get one

Jimmy Armfield

Armfield was capped 43 times by England and also managed Bolton and Leeds. More recently Armfield has worked as a football analyst for the BBC.

He captained England 15 times and won the last of his caps against Finland two weeks before the start of the 1966 finals.

"If you didn't play in the final, whether through injury or not getting selected, you didn't get a medal - it was as simple as that," said Armfield.

"But these days everybody gets a medal, the kit man, the bus driver, they all get one.

"And I think that's why this has happened. It's not as if anyone has been pressuring Fifa to have it done, it is just being brought into line with how it is nowadays."



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see also
Football League honours Armfield
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Armfield faces cancer treatment
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Armfield opens probation centre
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