It always fascinates me when articles refer to England's 1966 formation. At the time it was usually described as 4-3-3 which always puzzled me since there were only 2 strikers! This article describes it as 4-4-2 but it didnt bear any resemblance to the 4-4-2 that England currently play. It didnt have 2 out and out wide players in midfield (the popular headline at the time was "Ramsey's wingless wonders").
I reckon Sir Alf actually invented the diamond. Stiles playing in front of the back four. Ball & Peters split right and left, occassionally getting out to the flanks (as when Ball created Hurst's 2nd "goal") but more often tucked inside. Charlton given more freedom to attack. The flexibility of Charlton, Ball & Peters made it a very fluid formation. And very different to the one with which Ramsey started the tournament.
Ramsey justifiably got credit for England winning the WC. But it always seemed to be for his leadership and man management skills. I dont think he ever received the credit he deserved for his tactical nous.