England’s current goalkeepers pay tribute to the Lions’ greatest glove player ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Iceland.
Liverpool and Tottenham legend Ray Clemens, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 72, has since been honored with the football world iconic shot-stopper.
He won 61 caps for England in his illustrious career, and by the end of his playing days he had served in the international organization for 17 years.
Clemens is a true legend of the English game – and undeniably one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the game – and has been paid tribute to him since before his first home game in England.
The three Lions are wearing black armor for the Nations League match against Iceland, and a ‘Clemens 1’ shirt was placed behind one of Wembley’s goals before the kick-off.
Current England keepers Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson – along with goalkeeper coach Martin Marketense – posed before tying the jersey.
A statement from the Clemens family announced the passing of the famous goalkeeper.
“With great sadness, we write to let you know that Ray Clemens passed away peacefully today and was surrounded by his loving family,” the statement read.
“After fighting so hard, for so long, he is now relaxed and no longer in pain.
“The family would like to say a big thank you for all the love and support he has received over the years.
“He was so loved by all of us, he will never be forgotten.”
Clemens is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen – a former player and now a coach – and daughters Sarah and Julie.