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Diego Maradona ‘still lives rent free in a lot of Englishmen’s heads’, says Ian Wright

Lawrence Ostlere
·1-min read
 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Ian Wright says Diego Maradona is “still living rent free in a lot of Englishmen’s heads” after the way he knocked the Three Lions out of the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona, who died on Wednesday aged 60, scored two of his most famous goals against England in the quarter-finals, scoring one with his hand which was not spotted by the officials, before scoring perhaps the greatest goal in World Cup history four minutes later, dancing through most of the England team.

Some England players evidently still hold a grudge, including the goalkeeper beaten that day, Peter Shilton, who has refused to forgive the Argentine.

Former England striker Wright told 5 Live: "Obviously he divides opinion, particularly Englishmen. When you look at some of the things people are saying, he's still living rent free in a lot of Englishmen's heads, 30-odd years after what's happened.

"For me, he was somebody that when I started watching football, of course there was Cruyff and Pele before him, who I lauded but had never seen do their thing. If we are going to be totally honest, no one from 86 to this point has come up with the goods like Maradona did in 86."

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