England's greatest goalkeepers
We take a look at England's finest shot-stoppers over the years.
Last Updated: 02/07/10 9:37am
Legendary goalkeeper Shilton played for his country on 125 occasions - more than any other compatriot. Furthermore, the shot-stopper tallied 17 World Cup appearances, again a record for his nation. Shilton featured at three straight World Cp finals, starting in 1982, although at said tournament he was 32 years of age. The keeper - who was victim of Diego Maradona's famous double in 1986 - went on to record 10 clean sheets - a feat only matched by France's Fabien Barthez.
Banks is considered one of the best goalkeepers to have ever graced the game. His World Cup debut came in 1966, which of course marked England's first and only, to date, victorious campaign. During said competition, Banks shone marvellously with his supreme shot-stopping ability lauded by viewers. Banks did not concede a goal at the 1966 tournament until Eusebio scored from the penalty spot in the semi-finals. Banks was again involved at the 1970 World Cup where he of course made that incredible save to deny Pele. Alas, Banks sat out the quarter-final meeting with West Germany due to illness as the Three Lions lost.
Seaman is England's second-most capped goalkeeper - with 75 appearances to his name - behind Shilton. Indeed, the shot-stopper's international career spanned over 14 years. He made his World Cup bow at the 1998 tournament where, despite saving a Hernan Crespo penalty, England lost in the last-16 against Argentina. He was England's first-choice again four years later but his tournament ended disappointingly after Seaman was undone by a bizarre Ronaldinho goal from distance.
Ron Springett made four World Cup appearances in total as he was England's first-choice shot-stopper at the 1962 competition. He and his nation reached the quarter-finals of the tournament, where they were undone by South American giants Brazil. Springett was included in the squad for England's successful 1966 campaign but was no initially awarded a medal after he failed to make an appearance. Nonetheless, after a campaign against the rules, non-playing members were rewarded with medals.
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