Banks hails keepers

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Sheffield’s Gordon Banks, a member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad, believes the standard of goalkeeping at this year’s tournament in Brazil has been better than ever.

Tinsley-born Banks, who won 73 caps for England, said: ‘It has been a great World Cup for goalkeepers and it’s nice to see so many get recognition this year.

“I don’t think the balls are moving round as much as they have done in recent tournaments so the keepers can save shots properly rather than just having to parry them.

“There have been some wonderful displays, Tim Howard who I have always rated highly, made over a dozen good saves versus Germany.

“Then there was the Mexican ‘keeper Guillermo Ochoa who made a handful of saves against Brazil - including one which was compared to my effort against Pele back in 1970.”