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Former England keeper Peter Shilton says he wouldn’t have used Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt to ‘clean his dishes’ as he jokes that he’s ‘glad one Englishman got something out of the game’ after it sells at auction for £7.1MILLION
- Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup shirt sold at an auction for £7.1million
- He swapped his shirt with England’s Steve Hodge after the famous game
- Peter Shilton said it wouldn’t have got out of the dressing room if they knew
- Argentina are hoping the buyers will loan it to them for Maradona’s birthday
- Shilton said it’s ‘poetic justice’ the shirt didn’t fall back into Argentinian hands
Peter Shilton has insisted he would never have swapped jerseys with Diego Maradona following the legendary ‘Hand of God’ game – after former England team-mate Steve Hodge sold the shirt for a staggering £7.1million.
England’s all-time appearance leader was in goal on the day when Argentina superstar Maradona handled the ball into the back of the net, scoring twice to dump the Three Lions out of the 1986 World Cup in the quarter-finals.
The late football icon swapped shirts with England midfielder Hodge after full time and he has been in possession of the treasured item for the last 35 years.
Diego Maradona handled the ball past Peter Shilton to knock England out of the World Cup
Maradona’s iconic shirt from the game has sold at an auction for £7.1million earlier this week
The shirt, which has spent the last 20 years on loan at the National Football Museum in Manchester, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s on Wednesday afternoon for £7,142,500 – marking a new auction record for any item of sports memorabilia.
Shilton has insisted that if players knew that Hodge has swapped shirts with Maradona, it wouldn’t have made it out of the dressing room.
He told The Sun: ‘I wouldn’t even use it around the house, not even to clean the dishes in my bungalow.
‘If myself and a few of the other players had known Hodgey had his shirt in the dressing room then it wouldn’t have made it out.
Maradona had swapped the shirt with Steve Hodge who decided to sell the shirt 36 years later
England captain on the day Shilton said the shirt would never have made it out of the dressing room if they had known that midfielder Hodge had swapped it with Maradona on the day
‘In the heat of the game, it would have been ripped up into a thousand pieces — and I bet Hodgey is happy now we didn’t do that.
‘He knew what he was doing when he didn’t tell us he had it. We were very angry, it’s just as well we didn’t. I’m just glad one Englishman has got something out of the game.’
The buyer remained anonymous, but there are reports the shirt’s new owners are from the Middle East and are linked to Manchester City.
It was previously reported that the head of a delegation from the late football star’s home nation said he will ask the winning bidders to let the famous top be exhibited in the south American country on October 30 when Maradona would have been 62.
Shilton joked that he’s glad that one Englishman ‘got something out of the game’
Shilton said the fact that the shirt didn’t fall back in Argentine hands felt like a bit of revenge for England’s crushing World Cup exit 36 years ago.
He said: ‘We’ve had the last laugh. It’s poetic justice for being cheated out of that World Cup.’
Shilton also said Hodge had done the ‘best bit of business any footballer has ever done’.
Private collector Marcelo Ordas broke down in tears after losing out on the chance to reclaim the shirt Diego wore in the ‘Hand of God’ game.
Mr Ordas, the owner of one of the largest football shirt collections in the world whose offer is thought to have been around £5.5 million, said after travelling to London with the support of Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia: ‘We would like to have a chat with the winning bidders, to try in every way possible to take the shirt to Argentina in October and exhibit it on Diego’s birthday.’
Maradona (pictured with Hodge) would also score FIFA’s ‘Goal of the Century’ in the match
Argentina officials are hoping the buyers will loan back the shirt for the late icon’s birthday
Hodge was involved in the incident, passing the ball back to the goalkeeper before Maradona used his cunning to leap and reach the ball with his hand.
Afterwards the player famously said it was scored ‘a little with the head of Maradona, and a little with the hand of God’.
His other strike in the game was voted ‘Goal of the Century’ in a FIFA poll and saw him dribble around almost the entire England team before slotting the ball past Shilton.
Hodge when explaining why he has decided to sell the iconic shirt, said: ‘I have been the proud owner of this item for over 35 years, since Diego and I swapped shirts in the tunnel after the famed match.
‘It was an absolute privilege to have played against one of the greatest and most magnificent football players of all time.
‘It has also been a pleasure to share it with the public over the last 20 years at the National Football Museum, where it has been on display.
‘The Hand of God shirt has deep cultural meaning to the football world, the people of Argentina, and the people of England and I’m certain that the new owner will have immense pride in owning the world’s most iconic football shirt.’