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Former England international Bert Williams dies at 93


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Bert Williams, owner of 24 English caps and oldest living England international, has passed away at the age of 93.

His former club Wolverhampton Wanderers, for whom he made 381 league appearances, confirmed his passing on their official website. No cause of death was announced.

Williams made 420 overall appearances for Wolves between 1945 and 1959, where he won the 1949 FA Cup over Leicester City and the league title in the 1953/54 season.

In American, Williams is known as the goalkeeper who allowed the lone goal in the United States’ 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 World Cup, one of the biggest upsets in American history.

The goal, scored in the first half by Joe Gaetjens, took 60 years for Williams to get over, he told the Associated Press in 2010, and Williams believes it was a contributing factor in their ensuing loss to Spain.

Williams earned the nickname “The Cat” from the Italian media after a particularly brilliant performance against Italy in 1949.

“Bert was not only a fantastic footballer both for club and country, but also a true gentleman who loved Wolves,” said Wolverhampton chairman Steve Morgan.

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