England’s Best Goalkeepers

The England senior national team has had some really good and exceptional goalkeepers since the team’s official debut as an international side in 1872, and their current crop of options are always breathing down each other’s necks for a spot in the starting XI.

Everton first-choice shot-stopper Jordan Pickford has established himself as the Three Lions’ number 1 in recent years, but there have always been criticisms from some quarters over some of his performances. 

While he is yet to win silverware with the side, the 28-year-old (1994) will surely go down in history as one of the best goalies in the country’s colours, and here is a look at some of the others who have impressed in goal while on duty for England.

Aaron Ramsdale 

  • England Caps: Three 
  • England Clean Sheets: Two
  • England Trophies: Zero 
  • England Years: 2021 – date
  • Club games: 170
  • Club Clean Sheets: 40
  • Club Trophies: Zero 
  • Club Years: 2016 – date

Ramsdale was part of the European Championship squad in the summer of 2021 despite initially missing out on the final 26-man squad after Gareth Southgate’s 33-man provisional list was trimmed down.

Dean Henderson withdrew with an injury after the competition started, and the Arsenal goalie was called up to the squad one game into the tournament.

However, the 24-year-old (1998) Gunners goalkeeper played no part in the tournament, only making his debut for the Three Lions in November 2021 and keeping a clean sheet as England ran riot in the 10-0 demolition of San Marino during one of their 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Ramsdale has since played two other games, keeping one more clean sheet and will be hoping to put in top performances that can convince Southgate to hand him a permanent place in the starting XI ahead of the Qatar World Cup in November 2022.

At club level, he has also played for the likes of AFC Bournemouth, Chesterfield, AFC Wimbledon and Sheffield United, emerging as the Cherries’ Supporters’ Player of the Year in 2019-20 and the Blades’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in 2020-21.

He currently has 26 clean sheets in 119 Premier League games.

Ben Foster

  • England Caps: Eight 
  • England Clean Sheets: Three 
  • England Trophies: None
  • England Years: 2007 – 2014
  • Club games: 524
  • Club Clean Sheets: 140
  • Club Trophies: Five 
  • Club Years: 2002 – 2022

The 39-year-old (1983) made his international debut for England in February 2007 against Spain in a 1-0 loss, and while he earned four more caps ahead of the 2010 World Cup, he was overlooked, with Joe Hart being preferred for the third goalkeeping spot.

Foster made the squad to the 2014 World Cup, and with England unable to advance to the last 16 having lost their opening two games to Italy and Uruguay, he appeared in the last group match against Costa Rica, and kept a clean sheet in the 0–0 draw.

The former Watford goalkeeper also appeared for the likes of Tiverton Town, Stafford Rangers, Kidderminster Harriers, Wrexham, Manchester United, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion before announcing his retirement in September 2022, after becoming a free agent at the end of the 2021-22 campaign and turning down the chance to sign for Newcastle United.

Foster won one Papa Johns Trophy, one Championship play-offs and three League Cups during his playing days, emerging as Watford Player of the Season in 2006-07, Birmingham City Player of the Season and Birmingham City Players’ Player of the Season in 2010-11.

He was also West Bromwich Albion Supporters’ Player of the Season four times and their Players’ Player of the Season twice, and was also named London Football Awards Goalkeeper of the Year in 2019, ending his career with 92 Premier League clean sheets in 390 games.

Bert Williams

  • England Caps: 24
  • England Clean Sheets: Three 
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1949 – 1955
  • Club games: 445
  • Club Clean Sheets: Unavailable 
  • Club Trophies: Two 
  • Club Years: 1937 – 1959

The Cat passed away aged 93 in January 2014 and is often considered one of England’s best goalies of all time. 

Despite standing at 5ft 9in, Williams’ cat-like reflexes, agility in goal and penchant for making even the most impossible-looking of saves made him shine and he became famous after some amazing performances during the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. 

Although, a 2-0 win over Chile and 1-0 losses to both the United States and Spain in the first round stopped the Three Lions from advancing to the final round, the Bradley-born stopper stood out.

He played for Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers during his playing days at club level, winning the 1949 FA Cup trophy and the First Division title with the latter in 1953-54.

Due to his height, Williams tried to stretch himself by hanging from door-frames, and he was not only excellent at keeping the ball away from his net, but he was also famous for his efficient and accurate long throws that set up the perfect counter-attacks.

Chris Woods 

  • England Caps: 43
  • England Clean Sheets: 26
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1985 – 1993
  • Club games: 205
  • Club Clean Sheets: 51
  • Club Trophies: 10
  • Club Years: 1978 – 1998

The former Norwich City goalkeeper was part of the squad that went to the 1986 World Cup in Mexico but did not feature as England went out in the quarter-finals.

Woods also made it to the 1988 European Championships, appearing in the third group game against the USSR after the team had lost their opening two group games.

He did not play at the 1990 World Cup despite making the squad as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals, and the 1992 European Championships was his first and last as the side’s number 1, keeping two clean sheets in the first two matches against Denmark and France that both ended goalless. 

A 2-1 loss to Sweden signalled the end of England’s time at the tournament, and his last cap came in the summer of 1993 against the United States after the side had failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup months earlier.

Woods also played for Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers, Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading, Colorado Rapids, Southampton, Sunderland and Burnley, winning two League Cups, one European Cup, four Scottish Premier Division titles and three Scottish League Cups.

David James 

  • England Caps: 53
  • England Clean Sheets: 21
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1997 – 2010
  • Club games: 958
  • Club Clean Sheets: 271
  • Club Trophies: Two 
  • Club Years: 1990 – 2014

The former Liverpool keeper made his debut for the England national team under Glenn Hoddle in a friendly against Mexico in March 1997, and while he made the provisional 28-man squad for Euro 2000, he missed out on the final cut. 

The only black goalkeeper to represent England as a full international made Sven-Göran Eriksson’s 23-man squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but was the third choice behind David Seaman and Nigel Martyn.

He became the Three Lions’ number one in 2002, retaining his spot in the squad despite West Ham United’s relegation from the Premier League in 2003, and going on to play in all of England’s matches at Euro 2004.

James also made the 2006 World Cup squad, but did not get to feature in the tournament as he was second-choice behind Paul Robinson.

Having been in and out of the squad for a while, he reclaimed his spot ahead of the second match of the 2010 World Cup, keeping a clean sheet against Algeria and becoming the oldest-ever World Cup debutant at 39 years and 321 days old.

James also kept another clean sheet in England’s 1-0 victory over Slovenia, and the Three Lions made the last-16 as a result after finishing second in their group behind the United States. 

However, he could not prevent them from getting eliminated at the hands of Germany in a 4-1 defeat.

At club level, James also featured for Watford, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Bristol City, AFC Bournemouth, Icelandic side ÍBV sports club and India’s Kerala Blasters.

He is fifth on the list of all-time Premier League appearances, with 572 games under his belt and 169 clean sheets, and he currently holds the record for most penalties (13) saved in the history of the league.

James won the League Cup with the Reds and FA Cup with Portsmouth during his playing career.

David Seaman

  • England Caps: 75
  • England Clean Sheets: 40
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1988 – 2002
  • Club games: 958
  • Club Clean Sheets: 236
  • Club Trophies: 12
  • Club Years: 1982 – 2004

England’s second-most capped goalkeeper made his Three Lions debut under Bobby Robson in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in November 1988 and appeared for the side for 15 consecutive years.

While Seaman was selected for the 1990 FIFA World Cup as third-choice, he pulled out of the squad due to injury and was replaced by Dave Beasant.

Graham Taylor did not select him for the Euro 92 squad, but he played every minute of every match at Euro 96 under Terry Venables, helping the side to the semi-finals, making the UEFA Team of the Tournament and getting named by official sponsor Philips as the Player of the Tournament.

Seaman retained his spot at the 1998 World Cup under Glenn Hoddle, helping the side to the round of 16 where Argentina eliminated them.

Kevin Keegan picked the former Arsenal goalie for UEFA Euro 2000, but he missed the third game against Romania after picking up an injury in his warm-up exercises and was replaced by Nigel Martyn.

The Three Lions lost the match and went out in the first round.

After helping Sven-Göran Eriksson’s side reach the quarter-final of the 2002 World Cup with some impressive group performances, Seaman blamed himself for the 2-1 loss to Brazil as he was caught off his line by Ronaldinho’s long-range free-kick.

He made his last appearance for England later that year after letting in a goal directly from a corner kick in a 2-2 draw against Macedonia during a Euro 2004 qualifier.

Eriksson dropped Seaman in favour of David James following several debates and criticisms over whether he should remain in the team.

At club level, the Rotherham-born hero and Leeds United academy graduate also featured for Peterborough United, Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City, winning one First Division title, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup, three FA Charity/Community Shields and one European Cup Winners’ Cup – all with the Gunners.

Seaman kept 141 clean sheets in 344 English top-flight appearances, registering four assists and making the PFA Team of the Year in 1996-97.

He retired in 2004 due to a recurring shoulder injury and will go down in history as one of the Three Lions’ and Premier League’s best-ever goalkeepers.

Frank Swift

  • England Caps: 19 (plus 14 wartime)
  • England Clean Sheets: Nine
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1939 – 1946 (wartime)
  • 1946 – 1949
  • Club games: 375
  • 134 (wartime league)
  • Club Clean Sheets: Unavailable 
  • Club Trophies: Two 
  • Club Years: 1933 – 1949

The late Manchester City goalkeeper played for the Etihad Stadium outfit all through his professional career, with his first official England international appearance coming in September 1946 against Ireland, just a year after the second world war ended.

Swift made a farewell appearance against Norway in May 1949, becoming the first goalkeeper since Alexander Morten in 1873 to captain the side during a win against Italy in Turin in 1948.

While the war disrupted his career, he won both the FA Cup and League Championship medals before turning 24 with Man City prior to the war.

He was 20 when the side won the FA Cup in 1934, fainting at the final whistle overcome with emotion, as did his mother who was pitch-side. 

Swift also made guest appearances for Aldershot, Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Fulham and Reading during the war, retiring at 35.

Unfortunately, he passed away aged 44 in the Munich air disaster after reporting on Manchester United’s European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade as a journalist.

Fraser Forster

  • England Caps: Six 
  • England Clean Sheets: One 
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 2013 – date
  • Club games: 451
  • Club Clean Sheets: 199
  • Club Trophies: Eight 
  • Club Years: 2008 – date

The 34-year-old (1988) made his England bow in November 2013 in a friendly match against Chile, becoming only the second person ever to play for England while a Celtic player, after Alan Thompson in 2004.

Forster was named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but he did not make any appearance as the side failed to make it out of their group after finishing behind Costa Rica, Uruguay and Italy.

The former Southampton keeper also made England’s 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016 but did not play in any of England’s four matches at the tournament, with the side getting eliminated at the hands of Iceland in the round of 16.

While he last played for the national team in 2016, Forster earned his latest invitation to the squad in March 2022 for friendly matches against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast, replacing Sam Johnstone as a late addition.

However, his chances of making it to the 2022 World Cup are as slim as they come as he has barely played since moving to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2022.

At club level, Forster has also represented Stockport County, Bristol Rovers and Norwich City, winning League One with the Canaries in 2009-10, four Scottish Premier League/Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup with the Hoops.

He emerged as Norwich City Players’ Player of the Season and Supporters Player of the Season runner-up in the only season he spent at Carrow Road, and was named Celtic Players’ Player of the Season twice having once made the most consecutive league clean sheets (13) for them.

Forster currently has 42 clean sheets in 134 Premier League games – all coming while he was with the Saints.

Gordon Banks 

  • England Caps: 73
  • England Clean Sheets: 35
  • England Trophies: One 
  • England Years: 1963 – 1972
  • Club games: 679
  • Club Clean Sheets: 
  • Club Trophies: Two 
  • Club Years: 1958 – 1978

The late goalie made his Three Lions debut in April 1963 against Scotland at Wembley, heading into the 1966 FIFA World Cup as the country’s first-choice.

Banks kept clean sheets all through the group stage in impressive wins over Uruguay, Mexico and France, and he also played a huge role in the 1-0 win over Argentina in the quarter-finals.

He finally conceded during the semi-finals against Portugal as England ran out 2-1 winners.

The Three Lions secured a hard-fought 4-2 win over Germany in the finals after extra-time thanks to some impressive saves by Banks, and the trophy remains their only major silverware to date.

The former Leicester City star also helped England to a third-place finish at UEFA Euro 1968.

Only four teams featured at the tournament, with each side playing twice.

A 1-0 loss to Yugoslavia in the semi-finals saw England play the Soviet Union in the third place play-off, and they ran out 2-0 winners.

Banks was hoping to help the Three Lions defend their title at the 1970 World Cup, and while he helped the side finish second behind Brazil in Group 3 following wins over Romania and Czechoslovakia, he was not able to feature in the quarterfinals against West Germany due to suspected poisoning.

He was replaced by Peter Bonetti, and a 3-2 defeat after extra-time ended the country’s tournament.

Four teams also played at the UEFA Euro 1972, but England missed out on qualification after losing 3-1 to West Germany in the final round of qualifying.

Banks played his final game for England in May 1972 – a 1-0 victory over Scotland at Hampden Park.

He lost just nine games all through his international career and is widely regarded as the country’s best goalie of all time.

Banks also won eight British Home Championships (an annual competition contested between the United Kingdom’s four national teams: England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland).

At club level, he also represented Stoke City, Chesterfield, Cleveland Stokers, Hellenic, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and St Patrick’s Athletic, winning two League Cups.

The English Football Hall of Famer was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year six times.

Banks was involved in a car crash in October 1972, and that resulted in the loss of sight in one eye.

He had an operation that saw him receive 200 stitches in his face and over 100 micro-stitches inside the socket of his right eye, but his sight never returned, and as the loss of binocular vision severely limited his abilities in goal, he retired from professional football the following summer.

Jack Butland

  • England Caps: Nine 
  • England Clean Sheets: Five 
  • England Trophies: Zero 
  • England Years: 2012 – 2018
  • Club games: 291
  • Club Clean Sheets: 81
  • Club Trophies: Zero 
  • Club Years: 2011 – date

The 29-year-old (1993) became the youngest goalkeeper to play for the senior England team when he made his debut in August 2012 in a friendly against Italy aged 19 years 158 days.

Butland was named as one of five standby players for the Three Lions’ UEFA Euro 2012 squad earlier that summer and was called into the squad after John Ruddy broke a finger in training, but he made no appearance at the tournament.

A fractured ankle ruled him out of UEFA Euro 2016, but he made Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, with his last cap to date coming that year.

He was part of the squad that placed third in the UEFA Nations League in 2018-19.

Butland has represented Birmingham City, Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Barnsley, Leeds United, Derby County and Crystal Palace at club level, emerging as the Potters’ Player of the Year twice.

He has kept 21 clean sheets in 87 Premier League games.

Joe Hart

  • England Caps: 75
  • England Clean Sheets: 43
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 2008 – 2017
  • Club games: 615
  • Club Clean Sheets: 219
  • Club Trophies: Seven 
  • Club Years: 2004 – date

The 35-year-old (1987) shot-stopper made his debut against Trinidad and Tobago in June 2008 and was included in Fabio Capello’s provisional 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Hart eventually made the final 23-man list but played no minutes at the tournament.

The Celtic goalie made Hodgson’s UEFA Euro 2012 squad, and despite making the most saves (14) of any goalkeeper in the group phase, England were eliminated in the quarterfinals, with Andrea Pirlo’s “Panenka” in the penalty shoot-out leading to defeat at the hands of Italy.

Hart was also selected for the FIFA World Cup in 2014, but 2-1 losses at the hands of Italy and Uruguay ensured that Hodgson’s men could not advance to the knockout stages, and Foster played in goal for the dead rubber last group game against Costa Rica. 

The UEFA Euro 2016 was his last tournament for the country, and another of his frequent mistakes in recent games allowed Iceland to hand the Three Lions a shock defeat in the last 16.

Hart made his last appearance in 2017 and was left out of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

He has also appeared for Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Manchester City, Torino, West Ham United, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at club level, with 127 clean sheets in 340 English top-flight games under his belt.

Hart has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one Scottish Premiership and one Scottish League Cup so far, emerging as Birmingham City Player of the Year in 2009-10 and winning Manchester City Performance of the Season in 2010-11.

He made the League Two PFA Team of the Year once and the Premier League’s twice, with four Premier League Golden Gloves to his name.

Jordan Pickford 

  • England Caps: 45
  • England Clean Sheets: 20
  • England Trophies: Zero
  • England Years: 2017 – date
  • Club games: 
  • Club Clean Sheets: 
  • Club Trophies: 
  • Club Years: 

England’s current number 1 has been in the side since making his debut in a friendly against Germany in November 2017, helping them reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after some outstanding performances.

However, Croatia stopped them from progressing, winning 2-1 after extra time, and they had to settle for fourth place after Belgium won the third place play-off.

The following year, Pickford, 28 (1994), scored and then saved the decisive penalty as the Three Lions beat Switzerland to finish third at the inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals, becoming the first goalkeeper to take and score a spot-kick in a competitive shoot-out for England.

The Everton star was also crucial to the country’s impressive outing at the UEFA Euro 2020, becoming the first goalkeeper in history to keep clean sheets in the first five games of a European Championship.

He also set an all-time England record for the most consecutive scoreless minutes posted by a goalkeeper. 

However, despite saving two Italy penalties during the shoot-out in the final,  England lost 3-2 after missing their last three kicks.

Pickford is expected to retain his spot in the team’s starting line-up at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

He had loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End while with Sunderland, and has emerged as the Toffees’ Player of the Season twice, Players’ Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season once.

Pickford won the 2021-22 Premier League Save of the Season – as its inaugural recipient – for an amazing goal line stop against Chelsea in his side’s 1-0 win in May 2022, and he has 55 clean sheets in 219 EPL games.

Nigel Martyn

  • England Caps: 23
  • England Clean Sheets: 12
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1992 – 2002
  • Club games: 846
  • Club Clean Sheets: 
  • Club Trophies: Three 
  • Club Years: 1987 – 2006

The first million-pound goalkeeper in British Football made his debut for England against the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1992, and was mainly Seaman’s cover for most of his international career.

Martyn, one of the few Cornishmen to play for the Three Lions made the squads to the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups.

He was also at UEFA Euro 2000, and with Seaman injured, he played the last group game against Romania – his only appearance for the country at any major tournament.

Martyn started his professional career with Bristol Rovers before moving to Crystal Palace for a fee of £1million in 1989.

He also played for Leeds United and Everton before retiring, keeping 137 clean sheets in 372 Premier League games.

The St Austell-born hero won one First division champions and a Full Members’ Cup with the Eagles, making the Premier League PFA Team of the Year thrice.

Martyn was named Bristol Rovers Player of the Year in 1989 and Leeds United Player of the Year in 1997, keeping the most clean sheets in the Premier League in the 1996-97 and 2001-02 campaigns.

Paul Robinson 

  • England Caps: 41
  • England Clean Sheets: 24 
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 2003 – 2007
  • Club games: 498
  • Club Clean Sheets: 123
  • Club Trophies: One 
  • Club Years: 1998 – 2017

The former Leeds United goalie made his senior debut against Australia in February 2003, making the squad to Euro 2004 but failing to make an appearance as James was the first-choice.

Robinson also made the squad to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and was first-choice, keeping four clean sheets out of the five matches that he played, with Portugal eliminating the side in the quarter-finals via penalties.

Robinson failed to make the England squad for their next tournament – the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with Hart, James and Robert Green all picked ahead of him, with his last and final cap coming in 2007.

He also played for Spurs, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley at club level, winning the League Cup with the North London side in 2007-08.

Robinson was Leeds Player of the Year in 2002-03 and Rovers Player of the Year in 2010-11, ending his time in the Premier League with five assists, a goal and 86 clean sheets in 375 appearances.

Peter Shilton 

  • England Caps: 125
  • England Clean Sheets: 66
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1970 – 1990
  • Club games: 1250
  • Club Clean Sheets: Unavailable 
  • Club Trophies: Eight 
  • Club Years: 1966 – 1997

The Three Lions’ most-capped player made his debut against East Germany in November 1970, and he helped the side qualify for the 1980 European Championships – their first major tournament in 10 years.

Two groups of four nations each participated in the competition, and a 1-1 draw with Belgium and defeats at the hands of Italy and Spain stopped England from advancing to the knockout stage.

Shilton helped the country qualify for the 1982 World Cup, where they reached the second group stage.

The Three Lions’ next major tournament was the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and the former Leicester goalie helped them reach the quarter-final, where they were eliminated by Argentina in very controversial circumstances.

The game ended in a 2-1 defeat for England and is famously remembered for Diego Maradona’s Hand-of-God goal.

Shilton also made it to the 1988 European Championships, playing the first two games, and defeats to the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and the Soviet Union saw them finish bottom of the group.

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was his last international tournament, and he could only help England reach the semifinals, where they suffered elimination at the hands of West Germany after penalties.

Italy also defeated them in the third-place game, and it was his final game for the Three Lions.

Shilton was never booked or sent off at full international level, and he holds the record for most clean sheets (10) at the World Cup.

He also appeared for Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle, Bolton Wanderers and Leyton Orient at club level, failing to make any first-team appearance while with Wimbledon, Coventry City and West Ham United. 

Shilton won one Second Division title and one FA Charity Shield with the Foxes, and one First Division title, one League Cup, one FA Charity Shield, two European Cups and one European Super Cup with Forest.

He won three Rous Cups (now defunct) with England, making the PFA First Division Team of the Year 10 times. 

The English Football Hall of Famer was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Nottingham Forest Player of the Season and Southampton Player of the Season once.

Ray Clemence

  • England Caps: 61
  • England Clean Sheets: 27
  • England Trophies: None 
  • England Years: 1972 – 1983
  • Club games: 1053
  • Club Clean Sheets: Unavailable 
  • Club Trophies: 21
  • Club Years: 1965 – 1988

The late Liverpool legend made his England debut in a World Cup qualifier win over Wales in November 1972, and was part of the squad that made it to Euro 1980 but played no games.

Clemence had both Banks and Shilton to challenge with for the starting berth, and while manager Don Revie favoured him in his selections, Ron Greenwood made a point of alternating them in the starting XI. 

He also made it to the 1982 World Cup but did not feature.

Clemence’s last international appearance came the following year, with an injury to his left knee forcing him to retire early.

He was more successful and accomplished at club level, appearing for Scunthorpe United and Tottenham too.

Clemence won five First Division titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, five FA Charity Shields, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups and one European Super Cup with the Reds. 

He also won another F.A Cup, one FA Charity Shield and one UEFA Cup with Spurs.

An Achilles tendon injury in October 1987 forced his retirement from playing in 1988. 

Ron Springett

  • England Caps: 33
  • England Clean Sheets: Seven 
  • England Trophies: One 
  • England Years: 1959 – 1966
  • Club games: 531
  • Club Clean Sheets: Unavailable 
  • Club Trophies: One 
  • Club Years: 1953 – 1969

The former Queens Park Rangers goalie made his England debut against Northern Ireland in 1959 and was first-choice at the 1962 World Cup, helping the Three Lions reach the quarterfinals, where Brazil dumped them out.

Springett’s final cap came against Norway in 1966 shortly before the World Cup finals, but he was part of the squad that made it to the tournament and was presented his medal in 2009 as one of the non-starting members of the World Cup winning squad.

He also represented Sheffield Wednesday at club level, winning the Division Two title with them in 1958-1959.

Honourable Mentions

  • Dean Henderson
  • Edward Hopkinson
  • Edward Taylor
  • Frank Moss 
  • Gary Bailey
  • Gil Merrick
  • John Robinson 
  • John Ruddy
  • Joseph Corrigan 
  • Nick Pope
  • Peter Bonetti
  • Rob Green
  • Sam Hardy
  • Timothy Flowers 
  • Tom Heaton
  • Vic Woodley
  • William Moon