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Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at age 72, the England Football Association (FA) said on Sunday.

Clemence, who played 61 times for England, began his professional career with Scunthorpe United before joining Liverpool and made more than 450 appearances in 14 years at Anfield.

He was part of dominant Liverpool in the 1970s, winning three European Cups, five top-tier English league titles and two UEFA Cups.

Clemence’s last appearance for Liverpool was in their 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final.

From there he joined Tottenham Hotspur and added another UEFA Cup and FA Cup to his trophy cabinet.

“After fighting so hard, for so long, he is now at peace and without any more pain,” his family said in a statement.

“The family would like to thank you very much for all the love and support you have received over the years. We all love him very much and we will never forget him. “

Clemence became the first goalkeeper to be England captain since Frank Swift took the armband in a friendly against Brazil in 1981.

In the late 1970s and 1980s, Clemence competed for England’s number one jersey with Peter Shilton, who finished with 125 caps to his name.

“I am absolutely devastated by the sad news that Ray Clemence has just passed away,” Shilton said on Twitter.

“We were rivals but good friends. Ray was a brilliant goalkeeper with a great sense of humor. I will miss him very much because we have remained friends long after we retired. RIP my friend. “

After his retirement as a player, Clemence held managerial positions with England and Spurs.

“It is very sad to say goodbye to a true legend, a brilliant goalkeeper and my great England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence,” former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman wrote on Twitter.

Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper David James said: “I am deeply saddened to hear the passing of Ray Clemence.

“Clem was my coach with England for over a decade. A charming man with a wicked left foot, I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall when I was a child. (Reuters / NAN)

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