England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?

David Platt celebrates scoring his memorable goal against Belgium at Italia 90 - Joe Mann (Staff)
David Platt celebrates scoring his memorable goal against Belgium at Italia 90 - Joe Mann (Staff)

If you were to say 'England vs Belgium' to England fans of a certain age, the first thing to pop into their minds may not be Thursday's Russia 2018 clash between the two nations to decide who tops Group G.

Instead, mention of these two countries in the same breath harks back 28 years to Italia 90 and David Platt scoring one of the finest goals you will ever see.

England fans tend to go a misty-eyed when anyone mentions the 1990 World Cup, as Bobby Robson's men came within a penalty shoot-out of reaching the final. But for good reason. The players involved were some of the finest to have ever worn the Three Lions and the journey they went on has been made into countless documentaries.

En route to that semi-final showdown with West Germany England faced Belgium, in the last 16, and it took a 121st-minute moment of genius from Platt to secure a place in the quarters.

It's hard to believe that game was 28 years ago - only six of Gareth Southgate's squad were even alive.

So, what has happened to Platt and Co since that incredible night in Bologna?

England starting XI

Peter Shilton

Goalkeeper Shilton retired from international duty after Italia 90 as England's most capped player, but continued to play at club level until he was 47. He was at Derby County during the 1990 World Cup. Now works as an after-dinner and motivational speaker. Having been in goal in 1986 for Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God', the 68 year-old is relishing Argentina's struggles in Russia.

Mark Wright

A Derby County defender during Italia 90, he moved to Liverpool the following year before hanging up his boots in 1998. He then went into management with Southport, Oxford, Peterborough and Chester, and then Floriana in Malta. He is a regular pundit on LFC TV, Liverpool's official TV channel, and, along with Michael Owen, founded Red Sports, which sets up soccer schools in China. In 2017 he was appointed 'head of club development' at former club Southport.

Mark Wright in the dug-out at Southport - Credit: action images
Mark Wright went on to manage Southport Credit: action images

Paul Parker

He joined Manchester United after Italia 90 and enjoyed a successful five-year spell before injuries started to take their toll and his and fitness levels suffered. After calling time on his playing career he dipped his toe into management with Chelmsford City and Welling United and now mainly works on the media circuit.

Paul Parker celebrates winning the Premiership with Man Utd in 1994 - Credit: getty images
Paul Parker (centre) joined Man Utd after Italia 90 Credit: getty images

Des Walker

He won 59 caps for England and was such an accomplished centre-back that fans would chant, "You'll never beat Des Walker". At club level he played in seven cup finals for Nottingham Forest at Wembley, winning five of them, before becoming something of a trailblazer by joining Sampdoria. He returned to England after one season and joined Sheffield Wednesday, making over 300 appearances, before ending his playing career back at Forest. Walker initially struggled to cope with life outside the game. He became a lorry driver until joining Derby's academy coaching staff in early 2016.

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Terry Butcher

Butcher assumed the England captain's armband following Bryan Robson's injury at Italia 90 and earned 77 caps in total. After hanging up his boots he went straight into management and has coached in England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and is currently boss of the Philippines national team. Butcher also regularly appears as a pundit on BBC Radio Five Live. His son, Christopher, served in the Royal Artillery in Afghanistan but tragically died in 2017, aged 35.

Terry Butcher (left) and West Germany's Thomas Berthold battle for the ball at Italia 90 - Credit: getty images
Terry Butcher (left) and West Germany's Thomas Berthold battle for the ball at Italia 90 Credit: getty images

Stuart Pearce

A Nottingham Forest legend, 'Psycho' was at one stage best known for missing a penalty in the shootout against West Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final... and THAT Pizza Hut advert. However, he did gain redemption from the spot six years later against Spain at Euro 96. The left-back hung up his boots in 2002, moving into management with Manchester City, England U21s and the Great Britain 2012 Olympic football team, before an emotional return to the City Ground as boss in 2014, which lasted a year. He then joined former club West Ham as an assistant to manager David Moyes, but that also only lasted a year. Now works on the media circuit.

Chris Waddle

Like Stuart Pearce, Waddle was one of the players who missed a penalty against the West Germans. But, just like Pearce, is considered one of England's finest ever players, earning 62 caps. After a playing career that took in the likes of Newcastle, Tottenham, Marseille and Sheffield Wednesday he dropped down the leagues, appearing at Bradford, Torquay, Worksop and Hallam, who he was playing for in his 50s. He had a brief, but unsuccessful, spell in charge of Burnley in 1997 and now works as a pundit on BBC Radio Five Live.

Chris Waddle in action against Tunisia at Italia 90 - Credit: getty images
Chris Waddle in action against Tunisia at Italia 90 Credit: getty images

Steve McMahon

A Liverpool legend, and midfield enforcer, he represented the Reds 204 times, but only earned 17 England caps. He made his 17th and final England appearance on November 14, 1990, in a 1-1 Euro 92 qualifying match draw against Ireland. He never scored for England at senior level. McMahon's management career saw him take charge of Swindon Town for four years, before a similar spell at Blackpool. He last managerial gig was at Perth Glory in Australia and he now works in the media with the likes of ESPN Star Sports in the Far East, and serves on the board of the Profitable Group.

Steve McMahon as Blackpool manager - Credit: action images
Steve McMahon was Blackpool manager from 2000 to 2004 Credit: action images

Paul Gascoigne

Gascoigne won 57 caps for England, scoring 10 goals, and captured the nation's heart with his incredible displays of brilliance at Italia 90 - and his tears. Indeed, his impact at the World Cup earned a move from Tottenham to Lazio in Serie A. Gazza would also enjoy spells at Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton and memorably scored an outrageous goal against Scotland at Euro 96. After retirement, Gascoigne's life became dominated by severe mental and emotional problems, particularly alcoholism. He has not worked in football since being dismissed as manager of Kettering Town in 2005, but is now on the road to recovery.

Paul Gascoigne is given a hero's welcome by Lazio fans - Credit: afp
Paul Gascoigne was given a hero's welcome when he made a guest appearance at Lazio in 2012 Credit: afp

John Barnes

Like Paul Gascoigne, one of the most skilful players to have ever worn the Three Lions. The Liverpool legend won 79 caps for his country and starred at Italia 90 as England marched to the semi-finals. He even wrote and performed the rap section of New Order's 'World in Motion', England's song for that World Cup which reached No 1. He announced his retirement as a player in 1999 after a 20-year playing career. Barnes then went into management with Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere Rovers. He now works as a media pundit and has appeared on reality TV: the 2007 series of Strictly Come Dancing - finishing in seventh place - and this year's Celebrity Big Brother. He even made a guest appearance as himself on Waterloo Road in 2010.

John Barnes on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 - Credit: bbc
John Barnes appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 Credit: bbc

Gary Lineker

A prolific goalscorer with England - 48 goals in 80 appearances - and also with Leicester, Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham, Lineker brought the curtain down on his illustrious playing career in Japan with Grampus Eight before moving into broadcasting. He started out on BBC Radio 5 Live before replacing Des Lynam as the anchor on Match of the Day, a position he still holds today but now combines with lead presenter of BT Sport's Champions League coverage. His popularity has seen him appear as the face of Walkers crisps since 1995 and many who watched Italia 90 will remember the look he gave Bobby Robson in front of a tearful Gazza.

Gary Lineker signals to Bobby Robson - Credit: bbc
Gary Lineker signals to Bobby Robson Credit: bbc


David Platt

The scorer of THAT goal against Belgium... the ball chipped into the box, Platt watching it over his shoulder and connecting so perfectly on the volley as it sailed into the far corner of the net. Platt had replaced Steve McMahon in the 71st minute. After a career that included spells in Italy with Bari, Sampdoria and Juventus, the former Aston Villa and Arsenal midfielder retired from playing in 2001 and he would go on to coach at Sampdoria, England U21s, Nottingham Forest, Man City and Pune in India. He currently works as a pundit and match analyst on various channels including Sky Sports and beIN Sports.

Steve Bull

Bull replaced John Barnes in the 74th minute of the 1990 Belgium game. He was a prolific goalscorer for Wolves, scoring 250 goals in 474 appearances, but would only earn 13 full England caps, netting four times. After his playing career ended he went into management at non-League side Stafford Rangers but was unable to prevent relegation. He now does charity and after-dinner-speaker work.

Unused subs

Peter Beardsley, Chris Woods, Trevor Steven.

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