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Fulham boss on George Cohen statue and what England must do for second World Cup win

Joka pays tribute to 1966 hero as well as looking to the country where he played most of his club football as a beacon for a future Three Lions triumph

Honour: England captain Bobby Moore kissing the Jules Rimet trophy with George Cohen, far left

George Cohen is to get a statue raised in his honour at Craven Cottage – and the Fulham's boss reckons the 1966 World Cup hero deserves it.

But Slavisa Jokanovic believes if the national side wants another triumph, they need to look no further than Spain, where he spent most of his playing career.

The head coach was still two years off being born when Fulham hero Cohen and co ran round the old Wembley with the Jules Rimet Trophy after beating West Germany 4-2 in extra time.

The manager couldn’t resist a friendly jibe about the controversial third England goal that July day 50 years ago, but was deadly serious about the way forward to a second triumph.

He said: “I was playing in Spain for many years and saw what happened there.

“In the last 10 years, Spanish football is the best in the world. “Here in England, clubs have spent money. But it’s about organisation and things like that if you want more success.

“But you need not be depressed when you see what happened in Spain and also to sides like Belgium more recently.

“George is one of the more important players in football history and he deserves something like this.

“Everyone knows this game (the 1966 final), and if you ask me about referees (and controversy) you should ask about that (third) goal.”


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