Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti, is dead.

Bonetti died at the age of 78 after suffering from a protracted illness.

Chelsea announced his death in a statement on their official website on Sunday.

“Peter Bonetti’s position in the pantheon of Chelsea footballing gods is unassailable,” a club statement read.

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“Bonetti was the Cat who broke the mould, defied the odds, drew the gasps, earned the cheers, and got the cream. All in front of an adoring Stamford Bridge.

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“Everyone at Chelsea wishes to send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Peter’s family and friends.”

Bonetti, who featured 729 times for Chelsea, was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad but was unused throughout the tournament.

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He also made seven England appearances and featured in the 1970 World Cup quarter-final defeat against West Germany.

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