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Former Tottenham, Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence dies aged 72

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Ray Clemence won 61 caps with England and later worked as a goalkeeping coach (PA)

Former Tottenham, Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died aged 72.

Clemence, who was widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his era, won five league titles and three European Cup trophies during his time at Liverpool.

Following his 14-year stint at Liverpool, Clemence moved to Tottenham in 1981 and helped the club win the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup.

Clemence won 61 caps with England during his career before retiring in 1988.

After his playing career ended, Clemence moved into coaching and was part of England’s backroom staff from 1996 to 2007.

Clemence was then brought back as England’s goalkeeper coach by Roy Hodgson in 2012.

Ray Clemence won three European Cup trophies during his time at Liverpool (Getty)

A family statement read: ‘After fighting so hard, for such a long time, he’s now at peace and in no more pain.

‘The family would like to say a huge thank you for all the love and support that he’s received over the years.

‘He was loved so much by us all and he will never be forgotten.’

Ray Clemence is widely regarded as one of England’s best-ever goalkeepers (Getty)

Part of Liverpool’s lengthy tribute to Clemence read: ‘Undoubtedly one of, if not the, best goalkeepers in the world at the height of his powers, Clemence will never be forgotten by the Liverpool faithful.

‘Only three men have ever played more games for the club; few have lifted more trophies; none can match his total of clean sheets. It’s likely nobody ever will.

‘A multitude of superlatives spring to mind when considering his Anfield career but it can be summed up in two simple words: goalkeeping excellence.’

Ray Clemence worked as a coach with England’s national team for over 10 years (Getty)

Clemence was also an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK after being diagnosed with the illness in 2005.

‘It came out of nothing, really,’ Clemence said in an interview with Prostate Cancer UK in 2018.

‘When I went to the toilet, the flow of urine wasn’t as strong as it used to be and I never felt like I emptied my bladder. I was a coach with the England team at the time so I spoke to the physio, and he immediately said I should get a PSA test as I was over 50.

‘When you first hear the word ‘cancer’ you think: oh my God, this is a big problem. But after that initial shock you think about how you’re going to deal with it. I’m very fortunate that I have a very strong wife who has suffered me for 46 years.

‘he knows me inside out and had cancer herself 19 years ago and came through it. I also have three fantastic kids, who have always supported me. They’re strong, so I was honest with them from the start and they know everything that’s going on in terms of my treatments.’

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