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Former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72


Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence, who won three European cups and 61 caps in a trophy-laden career, has passed away at the age of 72

  • Former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72
  • Clemence played for Liverpool and Tottenham during an illustrious career
  • He won 61 international matches and was probably one of the greatest GKs of his generation
  • English players will wear armbands during the Nations League game in Belgium

Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72, the Football Association announced.

Clemence, who won three European cups and five first division titles at Anfield, was arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation.

He won 61 caps in England, which would undoubtedly have been a lot more if he hadn't fought for the number one jersey with Peter Shilton, who had collected 125 points.

Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72

Clemence was arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation

Clemence was arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation

The football association published a statement: "It is with great sadness that we write to you that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his loving family," said a statement from the Clemence family.

“After fighting so hard for so long, he is now at peace and no longer in pain.

“The family would like to say thank you very much for the love and support he has received over the years.

"He was loved so much by all of us and will never be forgotten."

The English players will now wear black armbands during their Nations League game in Belgium on Sunday night and pay tribute to Clemence ahead of Wednesday's game against Iceland at Wembley.

Clemence has a mural in Liverpool and was a key member of the team that dominated Europe

Clemence has a mural in Liverpool and was a key member of the team that dominated Europe

Signed by Bill Shankly from Scunthorpe for £ 18,000, Clemence was a key member of the Liverpool team that dominated Europe between 1977 and 1981, winning two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and the League Cup.

Liverpool paid tribute to their former goalkeeper and the legend of Kop when they tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to hear the death of one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Ray Clemence.

& # 39; Everyone at Liverpool Football Club's thoughts are with Ray's family and many friends.

"Rest in Peace, Ray Clemence 1948-2020."

Liverpool paid tribute to the former goalkeeper and Kop legend following news of his death

Liverpool paid tribute to the former goalkeeper and Kop legend following news of his death

In Tottenham, which he joined in 1981 at the age of 32 for a fee of £ 300,000, he won another UEFA Cup and an FA Cup.

After his playing days, Clemence joined the English coach setup when he teamed up with former Spurs teammate and then Three Lions boss Glenn Hoddle in 1996.

He continued to be England's goalkeeping coach under Kevin Keegan, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren until Fabio Capello took command.

He returned to the national team back room when Roy Hodgson took over and oversaw goalkeepers at Euro 2012 before retiring a year later.

Clemence is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen – a former player and now a coach – and daughters Sarah and Julie.

CLEMENCE & # 39; S CAREER IN NUMBERS

3 – European Cup triumphs with Liverpool

5 – First division titles won at Anfield

16 – a high-profile record at the time with a low number of goals conceded in 42 games in the 1978/79 First Division season

61 – England shared the number one shirt with Peter Shilton

240 – League appearances for Tottenham

323 – clean sheet during his career in Liverpool

336 – consecutive games between September 9, 1972 and March 4, 1978

665 – Overall appearances for Liverpool before joining Tottenham in the summer of 1981

1972 – Clemence made his England debut in November 1972 in a World Cup qualifier against Wales

1983 – his last international match in England took place during a European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg in November 1983

18,000 – the fee, in pounds, paid by Liverpool to sign an 18 year old Clemence of Scunthorpe in the summer of 1967

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