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Thursday's Connector – Peter Shilton

August 13th, 2010
06:59 PM ET

Former football goalkeeper, Peter Shilton holds the record for playing more games for England than any other player.

In a professional career which lasted an amazing 32 years, he played 125 times for England and more than 1,000 league games - records that it will probably never be beaten.

At the tender age of 16, Shilton made his debut for Leicester against Everton and his potential was quickly spotted to the extent that the Leicester City management sided with their teenage prodigy and soon sold World Cup winner Banks, to Stoke City.

In 1990, following his retirement from international football, he was awarded the prestigious Order of Merit and in 2002, he was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame, in recognition of his impact on the English game as one of the greatest English goalkeepers.

He also features in football game FIFA 10 in the Classic XI squad.

In his recently released autobiography, he talks of his lengthy career and the controversies that surrounded it - from the excitement of the Italia 90 campaign to the black night against Poland in 1973, when his error contributed to England's exit from the World Cup.

Here's your chance to ask Peter your questions. Write in and don't forget to tell us where you're writing from?

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  1. Matt Smith

    Hi Peter. I grew up in Stoke and now live in the US. My father was a goalkeeper (as was I) and I remember him telling me how he saw you play for Leicester youths when you were 14! My question to you is: what do you think are the technical aspects of goalkeeping that you had which the current crop of England goalkeepers possibly lack? In otherwords, if you could coach Green, Hart, Foster etc for a week, what aspects of keeping would you work with them on to help them improve their consistency. Thx and all the best. Matt Smith

    August 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Peter Leslie Shilton and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Peter Leslie Shilton on the following questions:

    – What is your opinion on the way David William Donald Cameron, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is Improving the Football World?

    – What is your opinion on the way David William Donald Cameron, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of ALL Footballers?

    – What is your opinion on Heroin, Cocaine, Marihuana(Cannabis) and Prescription Drugs(medication) Addiction in the Football World?

    I am awaiting Peter Leslie Shilton’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    August 14, 2010 at 3:35 am | Reply
  3. Michael Chandler

    Hi Peter,

    2 questions from a footie mad Englishman living in Taiwan;

    1) You dabbled briefly into management after an illustrious career but what happened for you to determine it wasn't the right career path?

    2) If you were in charge of the National team (England) today what would you have done differently in S.Africa?

    Best wishes,
    Michael Chandler.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  4. Billy

    Hi Peter,
    I know you are involved with the product I Goal? Can you buy them worldwide? What are you planning to do with the IGoal in the next year? I think it is such a great product and think more schools should be using them!

    ps – you're a legend!

    August 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  5. Shannon

    Hi Peter,

    Where did you first learn football? Did you play on a public playing field where you lived? Thank you!

    August 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  6. Cheryl

    In the future, do you plan to establish a football academy, or anything of that sort, for young players?

    August 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply

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