Just five months into his international career, Geoff Hurst made sporting history. Geoff emerged from the World Cup Final in 1966 as a household name after becoming the first and, so far, only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.
Immediately after 1966, Geoff was an internationally renowned striker and goalscorer and was named in the squad to defend the World Cup in Mexico in 1970. He scored the only goal of England's opening game against Romania and England progressed to the quarter finals, where once again they faced West Germany. Geoff played a part in a goal for Peters which put England 2-0 up, but the Germans forced their way back and won 3-2 after extra time.
Geoff's England career ended with yet another game against West Germany, in the qualification stages for the 1972 European Championships, which England lost. He had won 49 caps and scored 24 goals.
Sir Geoff Hurst MBE secured a unique place in the history of football in 1966 when he became the first and, for more than 56 years, the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.
Sir Geoff says that he 'had a great run', nevertheless he remains the only player to score a 'perfect' hat-trick and the only to be on the World Cup winning team.
Knighted in 1998 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Sir Geoff holds a special place in the hearts of football fans across the world and, perhaps surprisingly, this includes Germany!