Former England international Hunter dies at 76 after contracting COVID-19

VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF NORMAN HUNTER, FILE FOOTAGE OF ENGLAND WINNING THE 1966 WORLD CUP

SHOWS:

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (FILE – MAY 8, 1970) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. ENGLAND DEFENDER, NORMAN HUNTER (NH INITIALS ON JUMPER) WALKING OFF BUS WITH TEAM MATES

2. THEN-ENGLAND MANAGER ALF RAMSEY GETTING OFF BUS

LEEDS, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE) (ACTION IMAGES – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

3. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HUNTER POSING FOR PHOTO AT A LEEDS UNITED PHOTOCALL

UNKNOWN LOCATION (FILE) (ACTION IMAGES – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

4. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HUNTER PLAYING FOR ENGLAND

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE) (ACTION IMAGES – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

5. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HUNTER BEING WATCHED CLOSELY BY QPR MIDFIELDER, TERRY VENABLES

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE – JUNE 10, 2009) (REUTERS PICTURES – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HUNTER WITH FORMER ENGLAND TEAM MATE JIMMY GREAVES IN DOWNING STREET AFTER RECEIVING THEIR WINNER’S MEDALS ALONG WITH THE OTHER SQUAD MEMBERS WHO DID NOT PLAY IN THE 1966 WORLD CUP FINAL

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE – JULY 30, 1966) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

7. STILL PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING BOBBY MOORE ON TEAMMATES SHOULDERS HOLDING ALOFT THE JULES RIMET TROPHY AFTER ENGLAND WON THE 1966 WORLD CUP

LILLESHALL, ENGLAND, UK (FILE – JUNE 10, 1966) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) (CONVERTED 4:3, MONOCHROME, MUTE)

8. ENGLAND’S 1966 WORLD CUP SQUAD, BEFORE BEING WHITTLED DOWN TO THE FINAL 22, LINED UP FOR PHOTOGRAPH

9. RAMSEY AT TRAINING

10. PLAYERS DRIBBLING AROUND FLAGPOLES

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE – JULY 18, 1966) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) (CONVERTED 4:3, MONOCHROME, MUTE)

11. EXTERIOR OF WEMBLEY STADIUM

12. FANS WAITING TO ENTER STADIUM

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE – JULY 30, 1966) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

13. ENGLAND TEAM ARRIVING AFTER WINNING THE WORLD CUP

14. PLAYING STEPPING OUT OF COACH

15. CROWD

16. MORE PLAYERS STEPPING OUT OF COACH

17. PLAYERS ON BALCONY

18. CROWD

19. PLAYERS WITH TROPHY

20. CROWD

21. PEOPLE SEATED AT TABLES

STORY: Former Leeds United and England defender Norman ‘Bites Yer Legs’ Hunter has died at 76 after contracting the novel coronavirus, the Championship (second-tier) club said on Friday (April 17).

«Norman was taken to hospital last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and despite continuing to battle and the best efforts of NHS staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning,» Leeds said on their website.

Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds in 15 years at the Yorkshire club and earned his fearsome nickname for his tough tackling.

He won two top-flight league titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup with Leeds and played in their 1975 European Cup final defeat by German side Bayern Munich.

He was also part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, without playing, and came on as a substitute in the 3-2 defeat by West Germany in the 1970 World Cup quarter-final.

Hunter, who won 28 caps for England, was also the first winner of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award in 1974.

The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) said the game had lost a legend.

(Production: Tim Hart)