Iconic World Cup players: England’s 1966 hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst

Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final

Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final

Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, talkSPORT.com has been counting down the days by looking at the 100 most iconic players in the greatest football show on Earth. In case you were wondering, there are 38 days to go.

The list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules.

38) Sir Geoff Hurst: England, forward (1966 and 1970) 

A grand total of five World Cup goals has him level with Jon Dahl Tomasson and Landon Donovan, but we all know why Sir Geoff is here.

Before the 1966 finale, the concluding game at the seven previous World Cups had seen just four players score more than once. Italy’s Gino Colaussi, against Hugary in 1938, was the first player to score a double in a World Cup final, as the side sealed their second triumph. Helmut Rahn repeated the feat, also against the Magyars, in 1954 before Vava and Pele each grabbed two in the 1958 edition. Hurst, though, went one step further and is the only man in history to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, with his three strikes carrying England to glory against West Germany in front of Her Maj at Wembley. He’d be higher on this list if his second had actually crossed the line, of course.

It’s a goal that will be talked about forever. Into extra time at 2-2, Alan Ball crossed from the right, with Hurst swivelling and smashing the ball in off the crossbar. “Roger Hunt wheeled away shouting “Goal!” when his striker’s instinct would have been to make sure if he thought it hadn’t gone in. That’s good enough for me.”

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