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England 1966 World Cup winning team doctor Alan Bass dies aged 90

Alan Bass, England's doctor for the 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died at the age of 90.

He was alongside Sir Alf Ramsey when the Three Lions defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley.

England's official Twitter account said: "We're saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Bass, our team doctor at the FIFA World Cup in 1966. Our thoughts are with Alan's family."

Bass went on to work for England at later tournaments and also had a role at FIFA as head of its medical committee.

The former Harley Street consultant previously worked with Arsenal under Billy Wright and treated Gary Lineker's broken wrist before he went on to win the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup.

Shirley Livingstone, Bass' sister, said the doctor led a "brilliant" life as she led tributes.

"The England players almost treated him like a father," Livingstone told BBC Sport.

"He was very good at his job, and Alf had a great regard for Alan and how fit the players were."

The trust he garnered from Ramsey was clear as she recalled how the famous Jules Rimet Trophy ended up in his possession.

She said: "The team had been entertained in Dublin or Belfast, and they put the World Cup on the stands so everybody could see it but when they returned home to Heathrow, there was nobody to meet Alf.

"Alf said to Alan, who was a big chap, I'm wrapping the trophy up in newspaper and you're going to take it home with you and put it under your bed and we'll call for it tomorrow.

"I'm not sure if it's a true story, but he had the World Cup under his bed at some point.

"When he got the job, I just remember Alan wrote to my mother to tell her how proud he had been asked to be the doctor for England."

Livingstone also used a story involving Alan Ball to highlight his bond with the England players.

She added: "My brother had a great sense of humour, and he needed it, because they were a terrible bunch.

"This wasn't at the World Cup but Alan (Ball) was a real prankster. He had a leg injury and they didn't know if he was match-fit for a game against Norway, I think.

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