That's handy! England's Hart will join illustrious list of captains who play in goal
With Joe Hart in contention to captain England against Holland on Wednesday – and with France appointing stopper Hugo Lloris as skipper for Euro 2012 – Sportsmail looks at some of the game's goalkeeping leaders.
Still regarded by many as the greatest goalkeeper of all time, Yashin played in three World Cups for the Soviet Union. The Dynamo Moscow legend, who enjoyed a career spanning more than two decades, set the standard for modern keepers with his agility, aggression and innovative approach.
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He is the only keeper to have been named European Footballer of the Year and the Lev Yashin Award, for the best keeper at World Cup finals, was named in his honour.
The inspirational Zoff crowned a glorious career when he captained Italy to World Cup success in 1982 at the age of 40. He had been leading the side since the 1978 tournament, when Italy finished fourth.
He won 112 caps, his international career having also begun triumphantly with European Championship victory in 1968. He also captained Juventus in the 1983 European Cup final but was on the losing side.
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England's most-capped player of all time captained his country on 14 occasions, including during two World Cup campaigns. He was wearing the armband when twice beaten by Diego Maradona in the 1986 quarter-final loss to Argentina and he also had the honour in his 125th, and final, appearance in the 1990 third-place play-off.
The long-serving Buffon remains Italy captain despite calls for him to be stripped of the position in recent days following his role in Juventus' controversial draw with AC Milan. The game finished 1-1 but Milan might have gone 2-0 ahead had Buffon not clawed a ball that appeared to be over the line back into play.
He said he was not certain it had crossed the line and has been backed by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli. The 34-year-old first led Italy at Euro 2008 and took the job permanently last year.
The Real Madrid star, 30, is the only goalkeeper to captain a country to European Championship and World Cup success after Spain's victories at Euro 2008 and South Africa 2010.
Those glories underline the claim to greatness of a player who rose through the Real Madrid youth ranks to break into the first team in 1999-2000 and has hardly looked back since.