Jimmy Armfield is to receive a World Cup winner's medal 43 years after England won the trophy. The former Blackpool defender was one of the 11 reserves who did not feature in the famous 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley in 1966. Prior to the 1974 World Cup, only players who started in the final received a medal, but FIFA, world football's governing body, has now changed the rules. FIFA also revealed that 14 additional medals would be made for each of the winning teams from 1930 to 1970. Armfield was capped 43 times by England, captaining his country on 15 occasions, and won the last of his caps against Finland two weeks before the start of the 1966 tournament. "It's nice to get it but I can't say it's something that's been bothering me all these years," said the 73-year-old. "If you didn't play in the final, whether through injury or not getting selected, you didn't get a medal. It was as simple as that. "But these days everybody gets a medal, the kit man, the bus driver, they all get one. "And I think that's why this has happened. It's not as if anyone has been pressuring FIFA to have it done, it is just being brought into line with how it is nowadays." ENGLAND FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: One on One Kevin Keegan, Sven-Göran Eriksson, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne, Ian Wright Web Exclusives Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, Glenn Hoddle, Wayne Rooney Q&A Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Michael Mancienne, David Wheater Ask A Silly Question Sir Geoff Hurst, Alan Ball, Bryan Robson, Peter Crouch, John Barnes, Peter Reid, My Secret Vice Jimmy Bullard What Happened Next? Carlton Palmer Perfect XI Sir Bobby Charlton, Graham Taylor, Bryan Robson, Ian Wright
12 May 2009
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