Ron Flowers: Former England international and 1966 squad member dies at 87

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Flowers made his England debut against France in May 1955

Ron Flowers, a former England and Wolves midfielder, has passed away at the age of87.

Flowers was an inactive member of the England squad that won the 1966 World Cup. In 2009, Flowers received a winner's medal.

Between 1952 and 1967, he earned 49 caps for England. He also made 515 appearances with the Wolves.

Flowers led the Midlands club to three First Division titles, and also won the 1960 FA Cup during 15 years at Molineux.

Wolves stated that Ron Flowers, club legend and vice-president MBE, has passed away at the age 87.

"A giant on the pitch, and a gentleman off of it. Ron will be remembered by many today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who loved and knew him.

He made his Wolves debut at age 18 in 1952, and was the first to play for England in a match against France in 1955.

Flowers won the 1962 World Cup in Chile with Flowers and made 40 consecutive England appearances from November 1958 to April 1963.

He was also the first England footballer to score in the European Championships against France in a qualifier at Hillsborough, 1962.

Flowers, who had left Wolves in 1967 to become a player-manager at Northampton Town, also worked spells at Telford Town and Wellington Town.

In the 2021 New Year Honours List, he was presented with an MBE.

Only the 11 England players who were on the pitch at the end the 4-2 World Cup win over West Germany in 1966 received medals.

Fifa awarded medals to all non-playing teams and staff members from each World Cup-winning nation from 1930 to 1974. Flowers received his medal at a ceremony at Downing Street in 2009.