THE world of football was last night mourning Sir Alf Ramsey, the only man to deliver the sport's holy grail to these shores.
Sir Alf's death, at 79, robbed English football of its first knight - and only World Cup winning manager.
In a national outpouring of grief, his 1966 squad - and England managers who tried unsuccessfully to follow in his footsteps - paid their respects.
In a statement from their Lancaster Gate headquarters, the Football Association said: "Sir Alf's place in football history, and the country's heritage, is there for all to see.
"His achievements speak for themselves and we send all our sympathy to his family."