Jack Charlton, a member of the England 1966 World Cup winning side who went on to become a cult hero in Ireland, has died aged 85, his family announced on Saturday.

Charlton -- elder brother of his fellow World Cup winning team-mate Bobby -- was an integral part of the great Don Revie managed Leeds United side that won the 1969 League title and the 1972 FA Cup.

English football's governing body the Football Association (FA) said they were "devastated" by the news.

Charlton also enjoyed a fairytale spell as manager of the Republic of Ireland guiding them to several major finals -- advancing to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals.

Such was his achievement with Ireland that he was awarded the Republic's most distinguished award, honorary Irish citizenship in 1996.

"He was an iconic figure on and off the pitch, in England and Ireland," wrote Irish prime minister Micheal Martin in a fulsome tribute.

"He came to personify a golden era in Irish football at a European and World level from the late 1980's onwards.