Date: 25th April 2007 at 8:38am
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England World Cup hero Alan Ball has died of a heart attack at the age of 61.

Ball was the youngest member of the England side that won the World Cup in 1966 at the age of 21 and went on to win 72 caps for his country.

The ginger haired midfielder started his footballing career at Blackpool and went on to play for Everton, Arsenal and Southampton before heading over the Atlantic to America.

Ball was awarded an MBE in 2000 for his services to football.