Martin Peters, footballer described as ‘10 years ahead of his time’ who became one of the heroes of England’s 1966 World Cup victory – obituary

Martin Peters
Martin Peters Credit: Barratts
, played in right midfield for the England side that won the World Cup in 1966, and scored the team’s second goal in the final itself.

During the build-up to the tournament, which the manager Alf Ramsey had long predicted England would win, his principal problem as a manager was not choosing his defensive players but finding the right permutation of attacking ones. Peters was a very late addition to the side, only making his international debut (against Yugoslavia) two months before England’s opening World Cup game at Wembley.

However, Peters did enough then, and in his second match, in which he scored against Finland, to force himself to the front of Ramsey’s...