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Tributes paid to Liverpool great after death of Ray Clemence

FORMER Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72.

Clemence was one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, winning three European Cups and five league titles in 14 years at Anfield.

He added two Uefa Cups, an FA Cup and the League Cup with Liverpool, then another Uefa Cup and FA Cup in a seven-year spell with Tottenham to end his career.

Clemence (above) won 61 England caps, which would undoubtedly have been many more had he not been competing with Peter Shilton for the No.1 shirt. He also served England as goalkeeping coach for many years.

He had been living with advanced prostate cancer since 2005.

‘With great sadness, we write to let you know that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his loving family,’ said a family statement.

‘After fighting so hard, for such a long time, he’s now at peace.’

Sir Kenny Dalglish tweeted: ‘Clem was a fantastic teammate and great to be around. I will never forget how he helped me to settle in at Anfield. Our thoughts are with the Clemence family. RIP Clem.’

Former Tottenham team-mate Ossie Ardiles posted: ‘So so sad to heard the news of Raymondo passing away. He was a great goalkeeper, wonderful companion, friend. He battled this illness right until the very end.’