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Lamela Scores Wonder Goal
But Who Was The First Player to do a Rabona?

Erik Lamela scores for Spurs with a 'rabona'

Erik Lamela scores for Spurs with a ‘rabona’

by Rob Shepherd.

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela caused a bit of a stir last week with a bit of maverick magic in scoring a ‘wonder goal’ for Tottenham in their Europa League win over Astreas Trioplis.

It’s easy to see why many fans got so excited but it did seem some top professionals went over the top in their praise.

Indeed one ex-pro striker I know, while admiring the technique, questioned whether Lamela would have been able to pull off that bit of showboating against anything other than low grade opposition.

‘If it had been 0-0 in a cup final and one chance come along would he do it then? Can you imagine if you got it wrong, fell over and the chance went and the game was lost?,’ my pal asked.

Harsh? A bit of jealousy even? Maybe.

Anyway, as we all know now the technical term for a reverse scissor kick is actually a ‘rabona’. And here is the definition:

A method of kicking the football with the kicking leg wrapped around the back of the standing leg, so it appears the player has their legs crossed.

The first reported rabona happened in a league game in Argentina in 1948 and was performed by Ricardo Infante.

Soon after, a magazine front cover featured Infante dressed as a pupil with the caption ‘Infante played hooky’; rabona means to skip school in Spanish.

Diego Maradona, Roberto Baggio, Gianfranco Zola and Paul Gascoigne are among the players who have performed a successful rabona during a game.

One player famous for an extremely unsuccessful rabona was David Dunn, then with Birmingham City (enjoy below!)



Arsenal v Spurs Preview
PLUS: Three Classic North London Derby Matches Remembered

Arsenal  v  Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, Saturday September 27th, 5.30pm

Pochettino faces a tactical test against Arsene Wenger.

Pochettino faces a tactical test against Arsene Wenger.

by Karl Hofer.

It may be early days, but Spurs are going to have to roll their sleeves up and halt a run of derby-day disappointments if they want to divert their season away from an inexorable slide.

Arsenal overcame their bitter rivals on both occasions in the league last season, winning 1-0 both times to condemn former managers Andre Villa-Boas and Tim Sherwood to a loss each in the most important match on their fixture list.

A win would catapult Spurs ahead of Wenger’s men, but ominously the last time they claimed the spoils at Arsenal was in 2010 when they came from behind to win 3-2, which was their first away-day victory in the North London derby in 17 years.

For his part Pochettino is playing down the importance of the game to the Lillywhites season, saying: “We are in a good way. When I arrived here, I knew the situation – I knew that maybe there would be some ups and downs at the start of a new period. It’s always different when you arrive at a new club with different players and you need time to get to know each other. I’m not worrying about the situation. I believe at the moment we need to have more points to reflect the table. It’s the beginning of the season, it’s not how we start it’s how we finish.”

That may be true, but if Spurs were able to upset the odds it could prove to be the catalyst to their season.

To do so they will surely have to draw Arsenal on to them and counter behind their advanced full-backs, the way Dortmund did so effectively in the Champions League last week, proving that last years flaws still remain for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.

But inviting players like former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez and the inspired Jack Wilshere to attack you has its obvious dangers, and the Spurs defence will need to perform better than it has thus far if they are to have a sporting chance.

Pochettino won’t be too worried about the club’s recent record on derby day, he’ll be keen to make some history all of his own. However the Argentine will hope his charges have learnt valuable lessons from what must have been a morale-sapping defeat to bottom of the table West Brom on Sunday, whilst confidence must be high with the Gunners after impressively sweeping aside what was a high-flying Aston Villa side 0-3.



ARSENAL:  3/4   DRAW:  27/10   TOTTENHAM:  10/3


Draw/Arsenal: 7/2   Tottenham/Draw: 13/1   Arsenal/Draw: 13/1

Correct Score;

Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham: 7/1,  Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham: 7/1,  Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham: 14/1

Arsenal 0-0 Tottenham: 10/1, Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham: 13/2, Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: 12/1

Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham: 14/1, Arsenal 1-2 Tottenham: 14/1, Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham: 35/1

First Goalscorer;

Sanchez  5/1,  Welbeck  5/1, Ramsey  6/1, Adebayor  13/2, Eriksen  10/1, Lamela  11/1

BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY: Arsenal to come from behind to win: 8/1

(Odds courtesy of PaddyPower)



Few derbies deliver the goods like the North London derby has a tendency to do. Over the years we’ve had some classic, high-scoring affairs with breath-taking goals aplenty.

Here BOBBY has searched back through the archives to deliver you three of the best;

Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal, FA Cup Semi-Final, April 14th 1991

The first FA Cup semi-final played at Wembley is one never to be forgotten by Spurs fans. In a season fraught with poor league form on the pitch and financial difficulties off it, Tottenham managed to turn the form book on its head to record a famous victory in the derby.

Paul Gascoigne had single handily dragged Spurs through the competition with some virtuoso performances and it was fitting that he should open the scoring with a scintillating free-kick; the finest in the history of the FA Cup according to boss Terry Venables (you can see it below).

Tottenham had saved their best form for the FA Cup that year and this match against the eventual league champions was no different. A mixture of slack defending and poor goalkeeping led to Gary Lineker scoring Spurs’ other two goals either side of an Alan Smith header for the Gunners, as Spurs denied their rivals the double.

Spurs went on to lift the Cup, although Gascoigne’s second famous kick of the competition, at Forest’s Gary Charles, landed the England star on a stretcher and denied him the opportunity of climbing the Wembley steps.


Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal, League Cup semi-final replay, March 4th 1987

It took 270 minutes of League Cup semi-final football before, against the odds, Arsenal emerged triumphant in a season when Spurs – third in the league and beaten by Coventry in the FA Cup final – came quite close to winning everything but actually won nothing.

Tottenham won the first leg at Highbury 1-0 and looked Wembley bound when they led the second leg by the same scoreline at the half – when, as legend has it, ticket details for the final were announced to home fans. But two goals in 15 minutes from Viv Anderson and Niall Quinn brought the scores level on aggregate and, with extra time unable to separate the sides and no provision for a penalty shootout, the tie went to a replay three days later.

The venue for the third encounter was decided on a toss of a coin, and that was almost a draw, too: Spurs manager David Pleat said that when the coin fell to the ground it got stuck, almost upright, in the mud, but the referee adjudged it was leaning Spurs’ way so the decider would be at White Hart Lane.

Clive Allen put Spurs a goal up for the third successive game, but the game turned after the introduction of unlikely hero Ian Allinson for the adored but injured Charlie Nicholas. In the 82nd minute Allinson struck a shot that zipped through the legs of Richard Gough and past Ray Clemence to level things, and then in stoppage-time another Allinson shot deflected into the path of David Rocastle, who promptly swept Arsenal into the final to the jubilation of the away end. Uniquely, Arsenal beat Spurs three times at White Hart Lane that season.

Allinson’s gallant intervention was repaid in strange style by George Graham; he wasn’t in the squad for the victory over Liverpool in the final and in fact never started another game for Arsenal before being released at the end of the season.


Rocastle sends Arsenal through to Wembley

Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, Division One, 15th October 1963

 67,857 crammed into Highbury stadium for the derby in 1963, filling it to capacity – and they weren’t to be disappointed.

An incredible first half saw Jimmy Greaves open the scoring as Spurs stormed into a 4-2 lead at the interval with further goals from Bobby Smith (2) and Dave Mackay – George Eastham twice pulling the Gunners within two in response.

With only five minutes remaining Tottenham still held the two goal lead acquired in the first half but Arsenal pulled one back on 85 through Joe Baker and then equalised with a Geoff Strong header from a corner with only twenty seconds of injury time remaining. For the third time in five years the North London derby had ended 4-4.

In the end the point was sufficient to take Tottenham to the top of the First Division, but after that finish it was Arsenal who felt like the victors on the night.

Soccer - League Division One - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Highbury

Jimmy Greaves walks away after helping to tend to a fan who fainted before kick-off at the Arsenal v Tottenham match at Highbury in 1963.


World Cup? Time for a scandal…remember the Bobby Moore case

by Steve Curry (From February 2010)

The stag night maxim ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’ has long been the sacrosanct dictum of the football dressing room.

But it has become increasingly difficult to impose in the self-destruct climate of the national game.

Just as a cuckoo’s call heralds the onset of spring, so a soccer scandal has become the precursor to a big football tournament. And they come no bigger than a World Cup.


Captain in the dock: Bobby Moore (second left) is met by Colombian policemen as he leaves a Bogota jewellery shop in 1970

Fabio Capello’s insistence on high levels of self-discipline are commendable but, if he puts aside his books on fine art and reads the history of England football teams, he’ll see that control on the pitch is no guarantee of compliance off it.

John Terry is far from the first captain of his country to be embroiled in controversy, and the furore is not restricted to notches on bed posts.

The late Bobby Moore, whose Wembley statue stands as a testimony to a great captain, always remembered the date and time when England’s 1970 World Cup bid was almost sabotaged.

It was 6.25pm on Monday, May 18, 1970, when he and Bobby Charlton strolled into a jewellery store in the foyer of their Bogota hotel to look for a present for Charlton’s wife, Norma.

Without asking to see anything, they left the shop and sat down in armchairs close by, only to be summoned back and accused of theft, the start of a 10-day ordeal that rocked the world game.

It was, of course, Colombian deception aimed at upsetting the World Cup holders but once again the question was asked: why England?
If Moore was the innocent party in the Bogota incident, there have been numerous since that have owed more to testosterone than treachery.

Though Terry’s misdemeanours have happened close to home, it has been abroad that most breaches have come to light.

Until the Eighties, footballers on tour were accompanied by sports journalists whose remit was to report matches not post-match parties. It has been the cult of celebrity that has caused footballers problems.

Their profile and exposure appear to have risen in proportion to their salaries so that they are followed more closely by showbiz and investigative writers than sports reporters.


Teddy Sherringham lets his hair down at Paul Gascoigne’s 29th birthday celebrations in Hong Kong in 1996

It seems the further they fly, the more they become immune to acceptable standards of behaviour.

In Malaysia I watched a Chelsea England youth international — a former friend of Terry — drop his team-mate’s expensive camera in a pint of beer, then urinate in the lift as he left a top-floor nightclub.

At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, there were allegations that three England players had been involved in a bedroom romp with a girl called Isabella. Just what Bobby Robson needed.

Nor was Terry Venables happy that his players took advantage of a night off in Hong Kong prior to the 1996 European Championship finals to celebrate Paul Gascoigne’s 29th birthday by visiting a club with the infamous ‘dentist’s chair’.

Pictures of Teddy Sheringham having neat tequila poured down his throat appeared across the following day’s newspapers. The FA also paid compensation to the airline Cathay Pacific for video screens damaged by drunk players on the flight home.

Glenn Hoddle had to deal with players going public on their need for psychiatric help. Paul Merson and Tony Adams had drug and alcohol addictions, while Gascoigne saw two counsellors after beating up his wife and admitting bouts of rage.

Hoddle met editors and sports editors to try to stem personal stories being leaked, an irony since he kept the best one — Gazza’s wild, drunken behaviour when told he was not in his final squad — for his own book.

There are hotels across the world where men on tour have indulged in rowdiness and promiscuity on the basis that away from home a different set of rules apply. It is also true that English footballers increasingly divorce their professionalism on the pitch from that off it.

If Capello is to lift the World Cup this summer, he has to change not his tactics but his players’ mentality.

This article first appeared in The Mail, February 2010.


Barkley Can Be England’s ‘Gazza’ of World Cup 2014
Hodgson Must Take Note!


Barkley provided England with the spark that has been missing

by Rob Shepherd.

There was more than one occasion watching England’s 2-2 draw against Ecuador on Wednesday night when I had to blink twice and make sure it was Ross Barkley not Paul Gascoigne who was pulling the strings for England.

Not since Gascoigne has an England midfield player performed with such panache, vision, subtle skill and bare faced cheek as Barkley showed in Miami.

There were dribbles, step-overs, nut-megs, probing passes and always a threat on goal. The things that not only take opponents out of the game and open them up but also put fear inside them.

Despite the demons that have invaded his life those were the attributes that still see Gazza revered by a generation, especially for how he transformed England at the 1990 World Cup finals.

But now at last there seems to be a genuine heir, in football terms at least, although I doubt a lad from Merseyside would take too kindly to the nickname of Rossa.

The manner in which Ross Barkley set up Rickie Lambert for England’s second goal in Miami was straight out of Gazza’s mercurial manual.


The big question is: will Roy Hodgson have the balls to unleash Barkley at Brasil ’14 as Bobby Robson did Gascoigne at Italia ’90..?

Judging by Hodgson’s comments in the wake of Wednesday’s game he is not ready to take the “gamble”. Yet in many ways Hodgson’s reluctant rhetoric echoed that of Robson ahead of Italia 90, so perhaps he is bluffing.

Hodgson has described the constant questions about Barkley as an obsession. Robson felt the same way when the press corps kept banging on about Gascoigne.

Of Barkley’s exciting display in Miami Hodgson said: “He lost the ball an awful lot of times as well. If he’s going to be the player we want him to be he has to make better decisions of when he turns with the ball.”

It is what Robson kept saying about Gazza in the build up to Italia ’90.

Indeed it should be remembered that Gascoigne, 21 by the start of that tournament, was as much an international rookie as 20 year-old Barkley is now.

Gascoigne had played bit parts in the qualifiers and it was only in a friendly match against Czechoslovakia in late April that he pushed himself into the frame when he scored one and made three in a 4-2 win at Wembley.


Even then Robson harboured doubts but when it came to the crunch he went with Gascoigne’s maverick style rather than the more “reliable” Neil Webb and Steve McMahon.

After a dour opening draw against Ireland, England came alive in another draw against Holland where Gascoigne’s lust for the game and penchant for the unexpected offered England a new dimension.

For once a Dutch team playing England looked scared of player who could out play them.

Galvanised by Gazza, England went on to produce some of their best ever football at a major tournament until losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-final.

Given the system Hodgson plays there is actually more margin for “error” by putting Barkley in the team – especially if he replaces the jaded looking and over hyped Wayne Rooney. Also Barkley’s personality is less erratic than Gascoigne’s, so is his discipline.

The game breakers – the players who have the skill and bravery to take on opponents in the tightest positions – are liable to lose the ball as Barkley did against Equador. It sometimes even still happens to Messi and Ronaldo. But these are the players who raise teams to a different level and put a smile on the face of supporters.

Gascoigne did that for England in 1990 and Barkley can do that this summer.

So what if England can’t win the World Cup..? Hodgson, as Robson did, should at least give it a try.


Gazza attempted more dribbles than any other England player in World Cup finals history – and he only played in one tournament!



Gazza Steals The Show at First Ever Wembley Semi

by Rob Shepherd.

Next Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash between Arsenal and Tottenham evokes memories of the famous 1991 semi-final.

Given the enormous interest, a pointless exercise of both sets of London fans travelling north to Old Trafford was avoided, meaning it became first semi-final to be staged at Wembley.

It was a thrilling game best remembered for Paul Gascoigne’s astonishing 5th minute free kick to open the scoring – seemingly all the way from Willesden (see belolw).

Gascoigne had been a massive doubt for the game because he was recovering from a hernia operation.

A couple of weeks before I met up with him in the South of France where we had been watching Chris Waddle score the goal that saw Marseille beat AC Milan in the quarter finals of the European Cup.

Gazza gave me an interview insisting he would be fit for the semi-final which at the time seemed wishful thinking.

But he fulfilled his pledge. While he was not fit enough to last the distance, Gascoigne on his return to action at Wembley produced a whirlwind display that blew Arsenal – who would win the title that season – away.

Apart for the astonishing opening goal he later paved the way for Gary Lineker’s second. Alan Smith (yes, he’s on telly too now) pulled one back but Lineker then clinched a 3-1 triumph for Spurs.

Gazza’s joy at the final whistle is clear for all to see in this brief interview;

In the final Spurs beat Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. It was a game which for Gazza would be in stark contrast to the joie d vivre exuded that semi-final day…


Midfield Maestros
Lallana and Ramsey Bring Back Memories of Gazza

By Dave Smith.


Keep it quiet: Lallana has shown the kind of promise that could ignite England in Brazil

You can’t fail to have been impressed with Southampton this season (apart from the fact their manager still won’t conduct a post or pre-match interview in English!) and for me their stand-out performer, consistently, has been Adam Lallana.

Never more so than at the weekend when he celebrated his call-up to the England squad – in front of the England manager too – with a man of the match performance and a super solo goal which had me thinking…are you Aaron Ramsey in disguise?

The grace, style, power, balance, skill and composure when it counted was reminiscent of Ramsey in his pomp, as the Arsenal midfielder has been since day one of an incredible season. And Lallana isn’t far behind on the basis of his performance in the 4-1 win against Hull.

Yet whilst the way Lallana danced through a toothless Tigers’ defence drew immediate comparisons with Ramsey, my mind wandered back a decade or two when a certain Paul Gascoigne was the master of the mesmerising run from midfield into the ranks of bewildered back lines.

A young, devil-may-care Gazza made his name in an average Newcastle side he orchestrated in the lofty way Andre Previn might have conducted the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band; leading defences a merry dance yet alone a Floral Dance.


Gazza the Conductor; In the days when shorts were short!

Football’s latest, and some would say greatest, national football hero did the same on many occasions for Spurs – I can instantly recall a magical FA Cup goal against Portsmouth – and, of course, he raised our spirits and our hearts many times in an England shirt.

In the build-up to the 1990 World Cup there was a mass media debate about Gazza’s possible inclusion in Bobby Robson’s final squad. Would the England boss take a gamble on a wayward genius he would later describe as ‘daft as a brush’?

A maverick Wembley cameo capped with a wonder goal against Czechoslovakia just weeks before the announcement of the World Cup squad provided the answer. As did the look of delight, disbelief almost, on the face of Robson as Gazza weaved his magic. He knew; so did we.

Gazza’s performances at Italia 90 until the tears and traumas of Turin more than justified his inclusion. I’m sure we all still get goose bumps when we still think about that wonderful adventure – much in the same way he underlined his name in English football history six years later.

The date: June 15, 1996; the venue: Wembley Stadium;  the occasion; England’s 2-0 win against Scotland at Euro 96. Who could forget that marvellous moment when Gazza turned Colin Hendry inside out before volleying home the best goal of the tournament; his career, perhaps.

The celebratory re-creation of the infamous ‘Dentists Chair’ incident in Hong Kong will live long in the memory, as will Gascoigne’s subsequent comments about his wonder goal, and continued taunting of the Scottish defender he left trailing in his wake.

‘Aye, it wasn’t a bad goal was it? Not sure Colin Hendry enjoyed it though – they’re still trying to screw him out of the Wembley pitch!” – Classic Gazza.


Gazza leaves Colin Hendry twirling towards Down Under at Euro ’96

So how did the tormenter of the Tartan Army become such a legend in the Scottish heartland as a Glasgow idol – on the blue half of the great city at least..? I’ll tell you.

As the chief football writer on SHOOT magazine I was assigned to report on a ‘day in the life of Gazza’ during his career rejuvenation at Rangers. After watching a routine training session and enjoying lunch at Ibrox, an Adidas photo shoot followed before delving into the ‘real world’ of Paul Gascoigne.

An afternoon spent fishing on the banks of one of Scotland’s many beautiful lochs was followed by a few cheeky pints at Gazza’s local in Kilbarchan and an impromptu ‘England v Scotland’ game of pool; myself and Gazza taking on two fervent Scottish football fans. The result: England 2 Scotland 0 – a familiar score.

After last orders it was back to Gazza’s rambling, multi-bedroom mansion and a late supper. On close inspection of his fridge, which contained two slices of left-over pizza, a bottle of milk and a can of Gillesipies’ Irish stout, Plan B needed to kick into action.

A quick phone call from the great man to a local Indian takeaway saw a Far East feast fit for a family of five arrive (he didn’t have to pay; an autographed photo sufficed) and we sat up until the wee small hours devouring our free delivery.

A normal night for some, you might think, but perhaps not the ideal preparation for a honed athlete who, two days later, would be playing in the penultimate game of the domestic season – a Rangers’ title showdown with Aberdeen.

What sort of shape would he be in come the big day, I wondered. I needn’t have worried. True to form, he was the star of the show and capped an incredible hat-trick with a solo goal which raised the Ibrox roof (click on the image below to see it). Rangers were champions: Gazza the hero.


The delight on the faces of his adoring public was eclipsed only by the broadest of grins on Gazza’s face, as wide as the Firth of Forth itself. This was his moment; his stage. As Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel once sang ‘Come up and see me, make me smile’. We all did.


From Moldova to Hollywood: The World Meets David Beckham

by Rob Shepherd

No-one knew it at the time. How could we ? I was there and didn’t spot that the road from Moldova would lead to Hollywood.

But in hindsight, on a bumpy pitch in a poverty stricken Eastern European backwater, English football – the global game even – would change forever.

In the immediate after glow of Euro ’96 England embarked not just on a new era but a new epoch.

Soccer - World Cup Qualifier - Moldova v England

“Playing for England; This is what I want, what I really, really want…Hmm, quite like that song”

David Beckham, who a few weeks earlier had hit the headlines as something special – something a bit different – scoring that career-defining wonder goal from the halfway line for Manchester United at Wimbledon, made his England debut.

At the time there was more fuss about Andy Hinchcliffe winning his first cap than Beckham winning his. Andy Who..?

But looking back this was the day when football morphed from a sport into showbiz, because this was the day when Becks Inc took to the world stage.

And just as it is in showbiz it wasn’t exactly an overnight success.

Indeed, Beckham’s contribution to a 3-0 win in England first World Cup qualifier for France ’98 was very low key.

But Beckham had that three Lions number 7 shirt on his back and, despite an early rocky road, in terms of time line this was the beginning of football becoming more about the brand than the ball, with Beckham the ring master.

Never remotely the best footballer of his or any other generation, Beckham would become the biggest commercial football icon globally, not to mention the wealthiest that soccer had ever seen.

To some he was and remains a hero, a role model, an all- time great; to others he became an anti-hero, the definition of the game selling it’s soul, even the death of football as former German international Uli Hoeness once described.

So it was in a country which at the time was still struggling to move on from Soviet Union rule that ironically became the launchpad of the Americanization of football; the day that Becks Inc as it would become launched a thousand sponsorships; or conversely the day the music died.

It is September 1996, the Spice Girls are at number one with Wannabe (Posh hadn’t met Becks yet), Will Smith is battling aliens in Independence Day and, in the wake Euro 96, England are embarking on a new era under Glenn Hoddle and playing 3-5-2. Click below to see the goals;

It was Nick Barmby rather than Beckham who set England on their way with the first goal, Paul Gascoigne hit the second and Alan Shearer the third.

The Odds

It was all so easy – matter of fact even – and should be again this time with the real business coming next week against Ukraine.

That said you just can’t tell with England under Roy Hodgson, especially with a squad severely depleted because of injury.

But logic says a win of 3-0 (5/1 with William Hill) or 4-0 (6/1) at Wembley should be achieved.

Perhaps better value can be found with the goalscorer markets, where the in-form Rickie Lambert is 2/1 to score 2 or more.

Where Are They Now ?

Let’s take a look back at the team that started that day in Kishinev;

David Seaman The goalkeeper remained England’s first choice for many years to come, picking up 75 caps in all. He played all the way through to the World Cup finals in France, where England again suffered penalty heartbreak against Argentina and would go on to be first choice under Kevin Keegan at Euro 2000 and Sven Goran Eriksson at the 2002 World Cup. Now a goalkeeping coach at non-league Wembley FC.

Gary Neville Then a fresh-faced youngster breaking through for club and country, Neville went on to become a stalwart for England at right-back, playing at the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and Euro 2004. He missed the 2002 World Cup due to a foot injury. He won 85 caps in total and every honour in the game with Manchester United. Now works as a pundit for Sky Sports.

Stuart Pearce With over 50 caps already to his name, Pearce had intended to retire after Euro 96 – where he had laid to rest the ghosts of his shoot-out miss in 1990 – but Hoddle persuaded him to continue. He played through the qualification campaign for France 98 but was not selected for the finals squad. Was looking after the next generation as England Under 21 coach until recently but some poor perfromances at the recent UEFA U21 Championships in Israel saw him replaced by Gareth Southgate.

Gareth Southgate After a busy summer in which he missed THAT penalty against Germany then starred in a Pizza Hut advert, Southgate was a regular fixture in the England side for another few years, playing at the France 98 finals. In all, he won 57 England caps and made over 500 league appearances. After retirement, he managed Middlesbrough and worked as a pundit for ITV after leaving his post as Head of Elite Development at the FA. Now the U21 manager.


“What would you do if I dropped you Gazza?” he said. ‘A spot of interior decorating Boss’ I said…”

Paul Ince An integral part of the England team at this time, having played superbly at Euro 96, Ince would go from hero to zero. His heroic, blood-stained performance in Rome secured England’s qualification for the finals, but he missed a crucial penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Argentina. Played the last of his 53 England games at Euro 2000 but didn’t retire from club football until 2007, after which he became a manager, with mixed results.

Gary Pallister The game in Moldova turned out to be Pallister’s penultimate England cap and he was gradually squeezed out of the Manchester United side as well, eventually leaving Old Trafford for his first side Middlesbrough in 1998. Has worked since as a television pundit and in roles at Darlington FC.

David Beckham The match in Moldova was just the start for Becks, who went on to win 115 England caps, many as captain, and became arguably the most recognised footballer in the world (and the wealthiest). Won every major honour in club football and only recently retired after a spell at PSG, as well as being wheeled out as a well-known face when Britain wants to win something or someone wants to promote something.

Paul Gascoigne This campaign was the beginning of the end for Gazza, even though he had proved at Euro 96 that he retained much of his genius. Playing for Rangers at the time, Gascoigne featured in half of England’s qualifying campaign, before injuries and ill-discipline started to cast doubt on his first team place. In the end, he was left out of Hoddle’s squad for the finals and didn’t take it particularly well – wrecking his manager’s room.

Alan Shearer The top goalscorer at Euro 96, captain of England and the world’s most expensive player after joining Newcastle United, Shearer was truly at the peak of his powers. He went on to score five goals in the qualification campaign despite a number of injury setbacks and scored in the finals against Tunisia and Argentina. In all, he scored 30 times for England in 63 appearances and is now a mainstay on the Match of the Day sofa.


They could make a film about me now I’m an international – ‘Bend It Like Hinchcliffe’ – Yeah, that has a good ring to it…

Nicky Barmby Scored the first goal of the Hoddle era in Moldova but was never able to hold down a regular starting place. In total, collected 23 caps for England and scored four goals spaced over seven years. Ended his career as player and manager for Hull City.

Andy Hinchcliffe Would have been optimistic of becoming an England regular after making his debut here but never made the grade winning just seven caps for England in all. Hinchcliffe who was playing for Everton at the time, continued a decent but unspectacular career and now does some TV and media work. But a coach would tell you his left foot delivery from open play and dead ball was every bit as pin point as Beckham’s – but he didn’t marry a pop ‘singer’…

One 2 Eleven with Chris Waddle

We caught up with England legend and former pop sensation Chris Waddle and he answered the questions you wanted to ask.
Born: 14 December 1960 in Felling, Tyne & Wear.

Clubs:  Newcastle, Tottenham, Marseille, Sheffield Wednesday, Falkirk, Bradford, Sunderland, Burnley, Torquay, Worksop and England (62 caps, 6 goals).


Ford Capri Mark 1 G Reg: Hand painted too. It was meant to be electric blue but it ended up a mucky dirty blue.

Sunderland. Heroes of the time were John Hughes, Vic Hallom, Dennis Tueart, Dave Watson,Bobby Kerr; all the famous team who stunned Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final.

Q. MOST VALUED MEMORABILIA: Hoddle+&+Waddle+-+Diamond+Lights+-+7-+RECORD-193805
My first England shirt; the game was against the Republic of Ireland, we won 2-1. It was the match Gary Lineker scored his first England goal. Oh, and my framed gold disc of Diamond Lights, that classic single I sang with Glenn Hoddle.

Band on the Run by Wings was my first record. I just updated my collection of The Jam. They are my all-time favourite band. I met the band once, when I was a teenager and I bunked off school and went down to their hotel when they were playing in Newcastle and they signed a few autographs for us. I’ve really wanted to meet Paul Weller ever since but haven’t. But a year or so ago I eventually met bass player Bruce Foxton after watching a gig of his spin off band from The Jam and had a proper conversation. To my disbelief he told me he was a Spurs fan and used to watch me at White Hart Lane all the time and he was fan of mine! If only I’d known at the time ….ThaJamCaption

It would be the Yugoslavia team around 1991 just before war tore the country apart and a team that I am sure would have won the 1992 European Championships had they not been forced to pull out. Also the Columbia team of 1994 with Valderama. In a game against them we just couldn’t get near the ball, their only problem was that they were more interested in making a million passes than actually scoring!

Well a lot of people will say it was the flick and back-heel goal I scored for Marseille against Paris St Germain. It’s had over 80,000 hits on You Tube. My free kick for Sheffield Wednesday against Sheffield United in the 1994 FA Cup Semi-final was special but I think I’ll go for the goal I scored for Bradford against Everton when I chipped Neville Southall at Goodison from way out.

Q. BEST GOAL SEEN: Maradona’s second against England in the 1986 World Cup finals and Marco Van Basten’s far post volley against Soviet Union in 1988 Euro final. It wasn’t just the technique that was breath-taking but the balls to go for it from that far out and that angle when he could have risked kicking the ball out of the stadium.

Q. BEST STADIUM/WORST STADIUM: For sheer atmosphere it has to be the San Siro in Milan on a big match night. I recall playing for Marseille against AC Milan in a European Cup semi-final. It was packed. Suddenly the chants of “Me–Lan Me-Lan” reverberated around the stadium. The noise came down like a cloud onto the pitch. As opposing players it really shakes you. The legs go weak, the breath seems to be sucked out of you. To get a 1-1 draw there (Gullit scored for them, Papin for us) was amazing. But I was more nervous singing in the Top of the Pops studio!

EastFifeWell the stadium in Tiranna was bad. Albania was a s—hole but East Fife in Scotland’s was worse. I was playing for Falkirk and after the game I couldn’t work out why the players weren’t all listening to the manager’s after match talk, they kept wandering off; until I went to have a shower and saw queues because there was only one shower!

Q. BEST MANAGER: Terry Venables.

Phwor! That’s a tough one. Given that Hoddle was my hero as a young player when I was coming through at Newcastle then I would have to go with Glenn…just!

Q. BEST FRIEND IN THE GAME: I keep in regular contact with John Sheridan whom I played with at Sheffield Wednesday and Gazza. Although I haven’t really spoken to Gazza of late. I have a lot of sympathy for Gazza but the time for hand outs and him relying on everyone else for help and rehab has to stop. The time has come for Gazza to realise there is only one person who can sort himself out properly and for good and that is Paul Gascoigne. It’s up to him now.

Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne

Chris with Gazza at Italia ’90



 Q. BEST WORLD PLAYER: Maradona; just immense

 Q. BEST BRITISH: My dad used to speak in revered terms about Rich Carter and Len Shackleton. In my day, as I say I was massive fan of Glenn Hoddle so I would have to go with him.

Paul Gascoigne really didn’t like those furry animal mascots that you see everywhere now before a game, but they had only started to come in during the early 1990’s supposedly to give kids some pre-match entertainment. One game against Everton at Goodison when playing for Spurs he encouraged the mascot go to go in goal and face some penalties from him. But when the lad in the suit got between the sticks Gazza moved up to six yards out and smashed the ball into the mascot sending the poor lad in the silly suit reeling! The lad managed to get back onto his feet to face another. But Gazza did the same thing again. And again. It went on for about six times until the fella couldn’t get up. The fans behind the goal were in the stitches! The poor lad in the furry suit could well have needed stitches but fair play he kept going. That was Gazza all over….