Arsenal legend George Eastham will receive a World Cup winner's medal thanks to a new Fifa ruling.

Until the 1978 tournament in Argentina, only those who played in the Final itself were given medals. Now, following calls from the Football Association and England's 2018 World Cup bid ambassador Richard Caborn, all squad players will be retrospectively honoured.

Every finalist between 1930 and 1974 will be rewarded, with a medal going to the families of those who have died.

"It's justice for all those players," said Fifa president Sepp Blatter. "We will go through our history records and reproduce medals, and we will give those medals to all those who have been in the squad and not just those who were on the field of play."

Eastham won 19 England caps but did not play a single minute during the country's World Cup triumph in 1966.

He was a popular player at Highbury, making his debut in December 1960 and captaining the side during Billy Wright's time in charge before leaving Arsenal in August 1966. Eastham scored 41 goals in 223 matches for the Gunners and was awarded the OBE in 1973.

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26 Nov 2007