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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
三级成人视频 , 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.

三级成人视频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 thoughts. The latter wanted to play with wingers, but when those he selected – John Connelly and Ian Callaghan, plus Terry Paine – failed to make the grade, notably in England’s first game of the World Cup against Uruguay (a poor 0-0 draw), Ramsey turned to the young West Ham midfielder, then aged 22.

Peters did not have a winger’s pace and trickery, but he had attacking instincts, sufficient stamina to work the flanks as Ramsey wanted, could cross with either foot, and possessed a knack of popping up in the area at the right moment. He would display all of these attributes during the tournament, and after being selected for England’s second game of the competition, against Mexico, kept his place for the remainder of the matches.