Peter Shilton has said he wouldn't even "clean the dishes" with Diego Maradona's 'hand of God' shirt that sold at auction recently for £7.1million.
England legend Shilton has never forgiven Maradona for handling the ball into the back of the net for Argentina to knock the Three Lions out of the 1986 World Cup at the quarter-final stage. The late star leapt into the air and punched the ball past Shilton to give Argentina the lead in the contest in a moment that went down in sporting history.
Maradona swapped shirts with Steve Hodge at full time, and the England midfielder had held onto the jersey for 35 years until last week when he sold it at auction for a whopping £7.1million.
Shilton has now insisted that he would never have swapped shirts with the former Barcelona legend and joked that had he known Hodge had taken the shirt, it would never have made it outside the dressing room.
The legendary goalkeeper told The Sun: "I wouldn’t have swapped with Maradona for all the tea in China for what happened on the day. 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. 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. Looking back, I bet he is glad we didn’t find out. 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."
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Last year Shilton hit out at Maradona less than 24 hours after his death, criticising the football legend for never apologising for the 'hand of God' goal.
"What I don't like is that he never apologised,” said Shilton. "Never at any stage did he say he had cheated and that he would like to say sorry. Instead, he used his 'Hand of God' line. That wasn't right. It seems he had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship."
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