LONDON – Ray Clemence, the former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper, has died. He was 72.
The Football Association confirmed the news Sunday. Clemence had been living with advanced prostate cancer since 2005.
Clemence, one of the greatest English goalkeepers of his generation, won three European Cups and five top-tier league titles during a trophy-laden spell at Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hailed Clemence as “one of the foundation stones” upon which the club’s success had been built.
“This is an extremely sad moment for everyone associated with Liverpool FC and we, as the current team and management, send all our love to the family,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “We should never forget it is great players who make great teams and clubs.”
Clemence made 61 England appearances and was a rival for the No. 1 shirt with Peter Shilton, who accumulated 125 caps.
England players will now wear black armbands during their Nations League game in Belgium on Sunday evening and will pay tribute to Clemence before Wednesday’s match against Iceland at Wembley.
An 18,000 pound ($23,000) signing from Scunthorpe by Bill Shankly, Clemence was a key member of the Liverpool team that dominated Europe between 1977 and 1981, and also picked up two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and the League Cup.