1966 World Cup final goal line up for sale

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The line is to be cut up and sold in pieces in an internet auction that is expected to attract millions of bids.

The hallowed strip from the old Wembley Stadium has been the subject of decades of debate thanks to Geoff Hurst's controversial goal.

His shot famously crashed into the underside of the crossbar and cannoned straight back down - prompting protests from Germany's players.

They insisted the ball didn't actually cross the line - but Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst and Russian linesman Tofik Bakhramov said the goal should stand.

Hurst's strike - the second in a hat-trick - proved crucial as England went on to claim a 4-2 win and the only World Cup triumph in the nation's history.

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