THE 'HAND OF GOD'
One of the most famous moments in Peter’s career occurred in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
England made a slow start to the tournament, and needed to beat Poland in their final group game to progress. With Bryan Robson injured and Ray Wilkins suspended, Peter was handed the England captaincy, an honour which to this day still humbles him. England found their form, and comfortably beat Poland 3-0, progressing to play Paraguay in the second round.
After despatching them with another 3-0 result, England then faced a quarter final showdown with Maradona’s Argentina, and a match that would become legendary in World Cup history.
Maradona had been on fire so far in the tournament, but England managed to minimise his influence in the first half. However, early in the second half, an attempted clearance skewed back towards the England penalty area, and Maradona used his hand to outreach Peter and punch the ball into the net, and offence inexplicably missed by the referee. Despite England’s protests led by Peter, the goal stood, and Maradona went on the score a second goal, his amazing solo effort. England bravely battled back, with Gary Lineker scoring and going agonisingly close to an equaliser, but it was not to be, and the match ended 2-1 to Argentina.
Peter continued to play with England until the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, where England were again unlucky, this time losing on penalties against Germany in the semi final.
After that match Peter finally retired with an amazing 125 caps to his name, an England record that still stands today.