Gary Lineker and Michael Owen lead football’s tributes to The Queen

Gary Lineker and Michael Owen are among the sporting figures who have paid tribute following the peaceful passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who was the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow," Buckingham Palace said.

Following her death at the age of 96, the world of football has paid tribute to her service, during a reign in which she attended several FA Cups finals and the World Cup final in 1966.

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Lineker wrote: "Such a terribly sad day. Her Majesty The Queen has died.

"A truly remarkable woman who served her country with dignity, loyalty and grace. A comforting ever present in the lives of most of us. Rest In Peace, Your Majesty."

With Owen saying: "RIP to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Thank you Ma'am for your lifetime of service and dedication."

With Reece James simply writing: "Rest in Peace." Mason Mount wrote: "Thank you for your service. Rest in peace Your Majesty." With John Terry posting a broken heart emoji.

Harry Kane added: "My thoughts are with the Royal Family at this very difficult time. The Queen was an amazing inspiration and will be remembered for her incredible years of service to this country. Rest in peace, Your Majesty."

Images of Her Majesty presenting the Jules Rimet Trophy to then-England captain Bobby Moore quickly became iconic back in 1966, and she recently praised the current crop of players.

The Queen paid tribute to Gareth Southgate and his team after they reached the final of Euro 2020, hailing their "spirit, commitment and pride" while looking back on the 1966 team.

She said: "Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

"I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships.

"And also send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves."

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