BOLTON'S WORLD CUP MEMORIES: Peter Shilton

The Bolton News: Peter Shilton Peter Shilton

PETER Shilton, Wanderers’ oldest ever player who has made more appearances than any other England player, featured in three consecutive World Cup spells between 1982 and 1990.

Making his final appearance at 45 years and 239 days old, Shilton played two games for the Whites, coming off the bench to replace Aiden Davison in the penultimate game of the 1994/95 season away to Stoke and then two matches later when Bruce Rioch’s team lost the Division One semi-final first leg to Wolves.

Spain ‘82 was Shilton’s first World Cup and he conceded only one goal in the tournament, England starting with a 3-1 victory over France before beating Czechoslovakia 2-0 and Kuwait 1-0.

The second round of the competition split into four groups of three and England were eliminated after goalless draws against Germany and Spain.

Four years later in Mexico, Shilton again conceded only one goal in the three group matches, losing the opening game 1-0 to Portugal before drawing 0-0 with Morocco and beating Poland 2-0 to finish second in their group.

When Bryan Robson aggravated a shoulder injury against Morocco, England manager Bobby Robson named Shilton captain for the rest of the tournament.

He kept another clean sheet in a last-16 3-0 victory over Paraguay before losing 2-1 to Argentina in the famous Maradona ‘Hand of God’ quarter-final.

In Italy four years later Shilton continued his tradition of conceding only one goal in the group stages – in the opener against the Republic of Ireland which ended 1-1.

A goalless draw with Holland followed before England saw off Egypt 1-0 to win the group.

Another clean sheet in a last-16 1-0 victory over Belgium after extra-time set up a quarter-final showdown with Cameroon in which Gary Lineker won and scored two penalties in a 3-2 victory before they went out in a penalty shootout to West Germany after a 1-1 draw in which Shilton failed to save a single spot kick.

England finished fourth in the tournament after losing 2-1 to Italy in the third-place play-off.

He made 125 caps before calling time on his international career in 1990.

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