Tributes have poured in for "England’s greatest ever player" after Sir Bobby Charlton died at the age of 86.

The sporting legend is well-known for his successful time with Manchester United and for being part of the FIFA World Cup-winning England side.

Announcing the sad news, his family released a statement saying: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family.

"His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and to the many people who have loved and supported him. We would request that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”

Tributes pour in for Sir Bobby Charlton after he passes away at the age of 86

People and organisations across the country have paid tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak writing on X (formally known as Twitter): "Very sad to hear of the death of Sir Bobby Charlton. He has a place in history as one of the game’s greatest players and was hugely loved. Rest in peace Sir Bobby."

The Official England page also released a touching message to the late footballer, saying: "It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton.

"An integral part of our 1966 FIFA World Cup winning campaign, Sir Bobby won 106 caps and scored 49 times for the #ThreeLions. A true legend of our game. We will never forget you, Sir Bobby."

Former Professional footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker shared: "Deeply saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has died.

"A truly wonderful footballer and genuinely lovely man. A World Cup winner, @ManUtd great and, for me, England’s greatest ever player. He may no longer be with us but he’ll have footballing immortality. RIP Sir Bobby."

Gary Neville added: "So sorry to hear the news of Sir Bobby Charlton. The Greatest English Football player and Manchester United’s greatest ambassador. A champion on and off the pitch and a Busby Babe that paved the way for all to come at United. Rest In Peace Sir Bobby."