Tributes flow for England great Clemence

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Former Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has been hailed as a "true legend" after his death at the age of 72.

His family announced his death on Sunday in a statement.

Clemence, who won three European Cups and five first division titles during a trophy-laden spell at Anfield, was without question one of the greatest of his generation.

He won 61 England caps, which would have been many more had he not been competing with Peter Shilton, who accumulated 125.

"Today we have lost a true legend. Clem was a fantastic team-mate and great to be around," former Liverpool player and manager Sir Kenny Dalglish wrote on Twitter in tribute to Clemence, who had been living with advanced prostate cancer since 2005.

An Stg18,000 signing from Scunthorpe by Bill Shankly, Clemence was a key member of the Liverpool team which dominated Europe between 1977 and 1981, also winning two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and the League Cup.

At Tottenham, whom he joined in 1981 aged 32 for a fee of Stg300,000, he won another UEFA Cup and FA Cup.

Spurs team-mate Ossie Ardiles tweeted: "So so sad to heard the news of Raymondo passing away. He was a great goalkeeper, wonderful companion, friend."

In an interview in 2018 with Prostate Cancer UK, the former goalkeeper spoke about how he was dealing with the illness, saying: "I just want to give a positive attitude to everybody who has a connection with prostate cancer, whether they're helping to find cures or they've got it."

Former Liverpool star striker Ian Rush wrote: "We have lost a true legend! It was an honour to know you and to get the chance to play with you!"

Shilton wrote on Twitter he was "absolutely devastated" to lose a good friend who was "a brilliant goalkeeper with a terrific sense of humour".

After finishing ending his playing career with Spurs in 1988, Clemence moved into a coaching role at the club, working his way up to the first team before leaving to become joint manager of Barnet.

In 1996 he became England goalkeeper coach and worked under several managers - with Sven-Goran Eriksson admitting in his early days he allowed Clemence to pick the starting keeper.

Clemence is survived by his wife Veronica, son Stephen - a former player himself and now a coach - and daughters Sarah and Julie.