London (AP) – Ray Clemens, the former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper has died. He was 72 years old.
The Football Association confirmed the news on Sunday. Clemens had been living with advanced prostate cancer since 2005.
Clemens, one of the greatest English goalkeepers of his generation, won three European Cups and five top-level league titles during a trophy-filled spell at Liverpool.
Current Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hailed Clemens as “one of the foundation stones” on which the club’s success was built.
“It is a sad moment for everyone involved with Liverpool FC and as a current team and management we send all our love to the family,” Klapp told Liverpool.com. “We must never forget that it is great players who make great teams and clubs.”
Clemens made 61 England appearances and competed for the No. 1 shirt with Peter Shilton, who amassed 125 caps.
England players will now wear a black bow during their Nations League game in Belgium on Sunday evening and pay tribute to Clemens ahead of the match against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday.
Signed by Bill Shankly from an 18,000-pound ($ 23,000) skunkthrop, Clemens was a key member of the Liverpool team that dominated Europe between 1977 and 1981, and also raised two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and League Cup.
At Tottenham, which he joined in 1981 at the age of 32 with a fee of £ 300,000 ($ 390,000), he won another UEFA Cup and FA Cup.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, for whom Clemens was the goalkeeping coach for the national team, paid a stunning tribute.
“As a player he was one of the best people, working together with him was fantastic, which is why when I was England’s manager, I was very keen to keep him.”
Clemens is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen – a former sportsman and now a coach – and Sarah and Julie’s daughters.
“With great sorrow, we write to let you know that Ray Clemens died peacefully today, surrounded by his loving family,” a statement from the Clemens family said.
“After fighting so hard, for so long, he is now at peace and not in much pain.”
Liverpool paid tribute to their player, saying on Twitter, “We are deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest goalkeepers, Ray Clemens.” Everyone’s thoughts are with Ray’s family and many friends at Liverpool Football Club. “
Tottenham tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to notice the demise of former veteran goalkeeper Ray Clemens.”
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