Vito Doria Date: 27th November 2020 at 6:26pm
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Former star Paul Gascoigne has defended and criticised compatriot Peter Shilton after the recent passing of the Argentinian legend.

Shilton and Maradona played against each in the 1986 quarter-final between and Argentina, which the Albiceleste won 2-1 thanks to the forward’s controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal and a famous solo goal often referred to as ‘The Goal of the Century’.

The goalkeeper lamented the lack of sportsmanship after the Argentine passed away on Wednesday evening but another Three Lions great was not impressed with the comments made to the English press.

“Diego was an icon of football,” Gascoigne said to Corriere dello Sport. “It was a privilege to play against him in a friendly.

“Many people continue to bring up the Hand of God but in reality, dear Peter Shilton, if it wasn’t for Maradona that day, nobody would remember you!”

Maradona played for from 1984 until 1991 whereas Gascoigne was a player from 1992 to 1995. Shilton played professionally until his late 40s but never played for a club outside of England.