Retiring from professional football in 1996, Peter Shilton remains England's most capped player of all time, with a milestone 1005 games throughout his illustrious career, 125 of them for England, and earning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Peter's career started age 13, when he trained at schoolboy level with Leicester City. In 1966, at 16 years old, he debuted with the Leicester first team, a move resulting in Leicester's current goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, being sold to Stoke City not long after. Peter made it to the FA Cup final at Wembley aged 19, and became one of the Cup's youngest ever goalkeepers.
While with Leicester City, Peter impressed England manager Sir Alf Ramsey enough for him to be offered a debut playing for his country against East Germany. After this game, at 22 years old, Peter regarded himself as his country's number two goalkeeper. In 1972, the England number one, Gordon Banks, had his career cut short following a car crash which damaged his eyesight. Peter was thrust into the limelight, battling with Ray Clemence for the coveted number one shirt. The next few years were difficult for Peter as Ray was offered more England games and Peter was sidelined. In 1977, after a stint with Stoke City, Peter asked for a transfer in hope of reviving his England career.
He moved to Nottingham Forest and his England career progressed rapidly, as Ron Greenwood, now England manager, started alternating between Peter and Ray Clemence as goalkeeper. The 1982 FIFA World Cup saw Peter finally established as England's number one.
One of the most famous and talked-about moments in Peter's career occurred during the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Following a slow start to the tournament, England beat Poland 3-0, winning the first round and leading them to play Paraguay in the second. After beating them with another 3-0 win, England faced a quarter final showdown with Maradona's Argentina, and a match that would become legendary in World Cup history.
Maradona had been on fire throughout the tournament, but England managed to minimise his influence in the first half. Early in the second half, an attempted clearance skewed towards the England penalty area, and Maradona used his hand to outreach Peter and punch the ball into the net, and offence inexplicably missed by the referee. Despite England's protests, the goal stood, and Maradona went on the score a second goal, his amazing solo effort. England battled back, with Gary Lineker scoring and moving agonisingly close to an equaliser, however the match ended 2-1 to Argentina.
Peter continued to play with England until the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, where England were again unlucky, this time losing on penalties to Germany in the semi-final. After that match Peter retired with an amazing 125 caps, an England record that still stands today.
In 1992, Peter accepted a position as player-manager of Plymouth Argyle. Managing the club until 1994 he was anxious to reach the 1,000 match mark and, age 46, he decided to return to playing football. Joining Leyton Orient in 1996 Peter was able to fulfil this wish, entering into the Guinness Book of Records for playing in 1,005 league games. He retired from professional football aged 47.
During his playing career, Peter received an MBE and OBE for services to football. In 2002, Peter's fame as one of the greatest English goalkeepers of all time was sealed as he was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame.