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Clemence reveals cancer scare

Published: Wednesday 2 February 2005, 19.59CET
England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence has received "positive news" as he battles prostate cancer.

Published: Wednesday 2 February 2005, 19.59CET

Clemence reveals cancer scare

England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence has received "positive news" as he battles prostate cancer.

England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence will not be involved in next week's friendly against the Netherlands after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

'Positive news'
The 56-year-old, who joined the national team set-up in 1996, said: "The news I have had from the doctors so far has been very positive and encouraging. I'm looking forward to getting the treatment out of the way and returning to work as soon as possible."

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One of England's finest custodians ever, Clemence was capped 61 times and represented Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC with distinction. He enjoyed most success at Anfield, winning three European Champion Clubs' Cups among a host of honours.

'Speedy recovery'
England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson said: "Everyone wishes Ray a speedy recovery. His enthusiasm and expertise are very important for England at every level." Under-21 goalkeeping coach Martin Thomas will step in to replace Clemence until he returns, with youth coach Tony Parks filling in for Thomas.

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