England’s present goalkeepers paid tribute to one of many Three Lions’ biggest ever glovesman forward of Wednesday’s conflict with Iceland.
Ray Clemence, the Liverpool and Tottenham legend, tragically handed away final Sunday, aged 72, and the world of soccer has since honoured the enduring shot-stopper.
He received 61 caps for England throughout his illustrious profession, and as soon as his taking part in days got here to an finish he labored within the worldwide set-up for 17 years.
Clemence is a real legend of the English recreation – and undeniably one of many biggest goalkeepers within the historical past of the game – and tributes have been paid to him forward of England’s first residence match since his passing.
The Three Lions are sporting black armbands for the Nations League fixture vs Iceland, and forward of kick-off a ‘Clemence 1’ shirt was positioned behind one of many Wembley targets.
Present England keepers Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson – together with goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson – additionally posed with the jersey earlier than it was laid down.
A press release from the Clemence household introduced the legendary goalkeeper’s passing.
“With nice unhappiness, we write to let you understand that Ray Clemence handed away peacefully at the moment, surrounded by his loving household,” learn the assertion.
“After preventing so laborious, for such a very long time, he’s now at peace and in no extra ache.
“The household wish to say an enormous thanks, for all of the love and help that he’s acquired through the years.
“He was beloved a lot by us all and he won’t ever be forgotten.”
Clemence is survived by his spouse Veronica, son Stephen – a former participant himself and now a coach – and daughters Sarah and Julie.