Norman Hunter featured 28 times for England.  

Defender Norman Hunter, a member of England’s 1966 World Cup championship team  and a Leeds United standout, has passed away from COVID-19, it was announced on Friday.

He was 76.

Goalkeeper Peter Bonetti died on April 12, although it was not Coronavirus related.

Hunter, who earned the nickname “Bites Her Legs because of his tough tackling, was admitted to the hospital last week.

“Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club legend Norman Hunter at the age of 76,” Leeds United said in a statement. “He leaves a huge hole in the Leeds United family. His legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Hunter did not compete in the 1966 competition but played 28 times for his country. He finally received a winners medal in 2009. Only the 11 players on the field in the 4-2 extratime win over West Germany got medals.

“I never pulled a jersey over my head during the World Cup … but I kicked every ball,” Hunter wrote in the book, World Cup winners 1966.

“Watching England in every match was a feeling, an experience I find hard to describe. Always I sat up in the stands with Jimmy Armfield. The eleven who were not playing were dotted about in different seats in Wembley, but we always kept the same partners.

“That was all part of the inevitable superstition that mounted with each tense occasion. i wore the same tie and jacket for every game. The lads wouldn’t let me change. And we sorted out seating arrangements at the beginning of the tournament we dared not change them for fear of bringing a chance in England’s fortunes.

“So  there we were up in the stands, Armfield and I, perched on the ends of our seats like two of the most fanatical fans you ever saw.”

Hunter enjoyed a sterling club career. He made more than 700 appearances during his 15-year career at Leeds.

He also was the winner of the inaugural PFA player of the year award in 1974.

“All at the PFA are deeply saddened to hear of passing. Football has lost a legend and we join the entire football community in mourning this loss,” the players’ union wrote on Twitter.

Former England international striker Gary Lineker also paid tribute to Hunter.

“Sad news: Norman Hunter has passed away,” Lineker wrote. “Grew up watching that great (at) LUFC side of which he was a huge part. This awful virus was one crunching tackle too far, but he’ll be biting yer legs somewhere. RIP Norman.”