1966 hero George Cohen backs England to win

The Mead School in Tunbridge Wells gave a professional level performance in the  ISA drama contests

England will be cheered on in their semi-final against Croatia tonight by a World Cup legend.

George Cohen MBE, who lives in Tunbridge Wells, played right full-back for the Three Lions when they won the tournament in 1966.

And the 78-year-old believes the current generation of players can match the achievement.

‘We can win. We are there. We’ve got to go through a couple of games but we can easily compete,’ he said, in an interview on BBC News this week.

He spoke to the media after it was announced six Spitfire aircraft would fly back alongside the plane carrying the England team – if the Lions win the final.

England will face either Belgium or France in the final if they see off Croatia. But 1966 remains the only time England have won the World Cup.

Mr Cohen, who was born in 1939, the same year the Assembly Hall Theatre was built, managed Tonbridge Angels football club in a long career in which he also played for Fulham 459 times before retiring aged 29 due to injury.

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