England's Gordon Banks makes a great save from a header by Brazil's Pele

Gordon Banks is fondly remembered for an unbelievable save from the World Cup back in 1970 when England took on Brazil in Mexico.

England's Gordon Banks makes a great save from a header by Brazil's PeleEngland's Gordon Banks makes a great save from a header by Brazil's Pele

It may have been 46 years ago today but the generations born since all know about this save. It was the World Cup in 1970 and holders England were taking on tournament favourites Brazil in the group stages in Mexico.

Brazil may have won the game 1-0 thanks to a strike from Jairzinho, but the game is more remembered from an outstanding save from England's Gordon Banks. 

Where it not for Banks the scoreline could have been a lot more handsome for the Brazilians as he made a string of fine saves, but for his ability to flick a header over the bar from Pele's header. The Brazil legend surely must have thought he scored.

England's Gordon Banks makes a great save from a header by Brazil's PeleEngland's Gordon Banks makes a great save from a header by Brazil's Pele

Banks admits that people always bring it up when they speak to him in a BBC interview back in 2013: "They bring it up every time I see them. How did you get to that?

"I think what did help me with that was the practice I had to have out there because the pitch was absolutely rock hard, like a main road. So I, mentally, had to get used to it landing on this hard service."

Some may say that is a little modest but all of the best goalkeeping can sometimes be in the preparation, and to this day people are still talking about one of the greatest saves ever made.

Have a watch of it, below: 

England went on to finish runners-up in their group to Brazil - the eventual winners of the competitions - but the Three Lions were knocked out in the quarter-finals to Germany after surrendering a two-goal lead. Banks was not in goal that day as Peter Bonetti took his place, as Banks was sidelined because of food poisoning. Unfortunately, Bonetti would make a mistake contributing to the loss as England bowed out 3-2 after extra-time. 

1970 World Cup

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