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Aston Villa are facing a battle to keep Wales international James Chester after Stoke made an opening bid of £5 million. Stoke’s offer for the centre-half has been rejected but they are expected to return after emerging as the first club to try and take advantage of Villa’s financial problems. Though Jack Grealish is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Chester is the first player in Steve Bruce’s squad to attract a serious bid this summer and Stoke are hopeful of agreeing a deal this month. Villa are understood to want around £10m for the defender, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion two years ago, and Chester is happy at the club despite their uncertain future under owner Dr Tony Xia. However, Bruce has admitted that player sales are necessary to meet Financial Fair Play requirements and Stoke have made their move. Jack Grealish has been linked with Tottenham Credit: getty images Bruce’s failure to win promotion back to the top flight has left Villa needing to plug a financial black hole of around £40m in the next two transfer windows. Gary Rowett, the new Stoke manager, has already spent £16m on Benik Afobe and Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo and is also in for Matt Ritchie, the Newcastle winger. Chester is now Stoke’s latest target with the club determined to bring in an experienced centre-half as they prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. Aston Villa in pre-season training Credit: getty images The 29 year-old was Villa supporter’s player of the season as the club reached the play-off final, only to lose to Fulham. Chester has two years left on his contract. Bruce said last week: “We don't want to lose Grealish, [Jonathan] Kodjia and Chester but the inevitability is we might have to so let's get ready for it. “We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play. “There will be nobody feeling sorry for Aston Villa because financially we have got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, so yes we have got to be ready for that.” Meanwhile, Rowett's former club, Derby County, have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan. Derby manager Frank Lampard is yet to make a signing since taking charge but his club have offered an attractive deal to Liverpool for the Wales international.
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa are facing a battle to keep Wales international James Chester after Stoke made an opening bid of £5 million. Stoke’s offer for the centre-half has been rejected but they are expected to return after emerging as the first club to try and take advantage of Villa’s financial problems. Though Jack Grealish is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Chester is the first player in Steve Bruce’s squad to attract a serious bid this summer and Stoke are hopeful of agreeing a deal this month. Villa are understood to want around £10m for the defender, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion two years ago, and Chester is happy at the club despite their uncertain future under owner Dr Tony Xia. However, Bruce has admitted that player sales are necessary to meet Financial Fair Play requirements and Stoke have made their move. Jack Grealish has been linked with Tottenham Credit: getty images Bruce’s failure to win promotion back to the top flight has left Villa needing to plug a financial black hole of around £40m in the next two transfer windows. Gary Rowett, the new Stoke manager, has already spent £16m on Benik Afobe and Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo and is also in for Matt Ritchie, the Newcastle winger. Chester is now Stoke’s latest target with the club determined to bring in an experienced centre-half as they prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. Aston Villa in pre-season training Credit: getty images The 29 year-old was Villa supporter’s player of the season as the club reached the play-off final, only to lose to Fulham. Chester has two years left on his contract. Bruce said last week: “We don't want to lose Grealish, [Jonathan] Kodjia and Chester but the inevitability is we might have to so let's get ready for it. “We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play. “There will be nobody feeling sorry for Aston Villa because financially we have got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, so yes we have got to be ready for that.” Meanwhile, Rowett's former club, Derby County, have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan. Derby manager Frank Lampard is yet to make a signing since taking charge but his club have offered an attractive deal to Liverpool for the Wales international.
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa are facing a battle to keep Wales international James Chester after Stoke made an opening bid of £5 million. Stoke’s offer for the centre-half has been rejected but they are expected to return after emerging as the first club to try and take advantage of Villa’s financial problems. Though Jack Grealish is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Chester is the first player in Steve Bruce’s squad to attract a serious bid this summer and Stoke are hopeful of agreeing a deal this month. Villa are understood to want around £10m for the defender, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion two years ago, and Chester is happy at the club despite their uncertain future under owner Dr Tony Xia. However, Bruce has admitted that player sales are necessary to meet Financial Fair Play requirements and Stoke have made their move. Jack Grealish has been linked with Tottenham Credit: getty images Bruce’s failure to win promotion back to the top flight has left Villa needing to plug a financial black hole of around £40m in the next two transfer windows. Gary Rowett, the new Stoke manager, has already spent £16m on Benik Afobe and Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo and is also in for Matt Ritchie, the Newcastle winger. Chester is now Stoke’s latest target with the club determined to bring in an experienced centre-half as they prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. Aston Villa in pre-season training Credit: getty images The 29 year-old was Villa supporter’s player of the season as the club reached the play-off final, only to lose to Fulham. Chester has two years left on his contract. Bruce said last week: “We don't want to lose Grealish, [Jonathan] Kodjia and Chester but the inevitability is we might have to so let's get ready for it. “We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play. “There will be nobody feeling sorry for Aston Villa because financially we have got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, so yes we have got to be ready for that.” Meanwhile, Rowett's former club, Derby County, have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan. Derby manager Frank Lampard is yet to make a signing since taking charge but his club have offered an attractive deal to Liverpool for the Wales international.
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa are facing a battle to keep Wales international James Chester after Stoke made an opening bid of £5 million. Stoke’s offer for the centre-half has been rejected but they are expected to return after emerging as the first club to try and take advantage of Villa’s financial problems. Though Jack Grealish is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Chester is the first player in Steve Bruce’s squad to attract a serious bid this summer and Stoke are hopeful of agreeing a deal this month. Villa are understood to want around £10m for the defender, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion two years ago, and Chester is happy at the club despite their uncertain future under owner Dr Tony Xia. However, Bruce has admitted that player sales are necessary to meet Financial Fair Play requirements and Stoke have made their move. Jack Grealish has been linked with Tottenham Credit: getty images Bruce’s failure to win promotion back to the top flight has left Villa needing to plug a financial black hole of around £40m in the next two transfer windows. Gary Rowett, the new Stoke manager, has already spent £16m on Benik Afobe and Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo and is also in for Matt Ritchie, the Newcastle winger. Chester is now Stoke’s latest target with the club determined to bring in an experienced centre-half as they prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. Aston Villa in pre-season training Credit: getty images The 29 year-old was Villa supporter’s player of the season as the club reached the play-off final, only to lose to Fulham. Chester has two years left on his contract. Bruce said last week: “We don't want to lose Grealish, [Jonathan] Kodjia and Chester but the inevitability is we might have to so let's get ready for it. “We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play. “There will be nobody feeling sorry for Aston Villa because financially we have got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, so yes we have got to be ready for that.” Meanwhile, Rowett's former club, Derby County, have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan. Derby manager Frank Lampard is yet to make a signing since taking charge but his club have offered an attractive deal to Liverpool for the Wales international.
Aston Villa are facing a battle to keep Wales international James Chester after Stoke made an opening bid of £5 million. Stoke’s offer for the centre-half has been rejected but they are expected to return after emerging as the first club to try and take advantage of Villa’s financial problems. Though Jack Grealish is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Chester is the first player in Steve Bruce’s squad to attract a serious bid this summer and Stoke are hopeful of agreeing a deal this month. Villa are understood to want around £10m for the defender, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion two years ago, and Chester is happy at the club despite their uncertain future under owner Dr Tony Xia. However, Bruce has admitted that player sales are necessary to meet Financial Fair Play requirements and Stoke have made their move. Jack Grealish has been linked with Tottenham Credit: getty images Bruce’s failure to win promotion back to the top flight has left Villa needing to plug a financial black hole of around £40m in the next two transfer windows. Gary Rowett, the new Stoke manager, has already spent £16m on Benik Afobe and Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo and is also in for Matt Ritchie, the Newcastle winger. Chester is now Stoke’s latest target with the club determined to bring in an experienced centre-half as they prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. Aston Villa in pre-season training Credit: getty images The 29 year-old was Villa supporter’s player of the season as the club reached the play-off final, only to lose to Fulham. Chester has two years left on his contract. Bruce said last week: “We don't want to lose Grealish, [Jonathan] Kodjia and Chester but the inevitability is we might have to so let's get ready for it. “We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play. “There will be nobody feeling sorry for Aston Villa because financially we have got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, so yes we have got to be ready for that.” Meanwhile, Rowett's former club, Derby County, have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan. Derby manager Frank Lampard is yet to make a signing since taking charge but his club have offered an attractive deal to Liverpool for the Wales international.
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa are facing a battle to keep Wales international James Chester after Stoke made an opening bid of £5 million. Stoke’s offer for the centre-half has been rejected but they are expected to return after emerging as the first club to try and take advantage of Villa’s financial problems. Though Jack Grealish is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Chester is the first player in Steve Bruce’s squad to attract a serious bid this summer and Stoke are hopeful of agreeing a deal this month. Villa are understood to want around £10m for the defender, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion two years ago, and Chester is happy at the club despite their uncertain future under owner Dr Tony Xia. However, Bruce has admitted that player sales are necessary to meet Financial Fair Play requirements and Stoke have made their move. Jack Grealish has been linked with Tottenham Credit: getty images Bruce’s failure to win promotion back to the top flight has left Villa needing to plug a financial black hole of around £40m in the next two transfer windows. Gary Rowett, the new Stoke manager, has already spent £16m on Benik Afobe and Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo and is also in for Matt Ritchie, the Newcastle winger. Chester is now Stoke’s latest target with the club determined to bring in an experienced centre-half as they prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. Aston Villa in pre-season training Credit: getty images The 29 year-old was Villa supporter’s player of the season as the club reached the play-off final, only to lose to Fulham. Chester has two years left on his contract. Bruce said last week: “We don't want to lose Grealish, [Jonathan] Kodjia and Chester but the inevitability is we might have to so let's get ready for it. “We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play. “There will be nobody feeling sorry for Aston Villa because financially we have got ourselves in a bit of a pickle, so yes we have got to be ready for that.” Meanwhile, Rowett's former club, Derby County, have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan. Derby manager Frank Lampard is yet to make a signing since taking charge but his club have offered an attractive deal to Liverpool for the Wales international.
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Aston Villa face battle to keep defender James Chester after Stoke City make opening £5m bid
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
Gareth Southgate challenges England to emulate Germany in 2010: 'Either we sink back or we build'
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
Gareth Southgate challenges England to emulate Germany in 2010: 'Either we sink back or we build'
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
Gareth Southgate challenges England to emulate Germany in 2010: 'Either we sink back or we build'
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
Gareth Southgate challenges England to emulate Germany in 2010: 'Either we sink back or we build'
Gareth Southgate has challenged England to build on their brilliant World Cup campaign in the way Germany did in 2010, rather than let it become “a moment of rare hope”. The England manager also declared that reaching the semi-finals in Russia, and the extremely positive manner in which his team behaved on and off the pitch, showed that wearing the Three Lions shirt no longer involves “misery, regret, recrimination” as it has done for previous generations. Germany reached the last four of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago with a young team, beating England in the last-16 on the way, and then went further four years later by winning the tournament in Brazil with the bulk of the same squad. Southgate took one of the youngest selections to Russia, and certainly the most inexperienced in terms of caps. Despite losing in the semi-finals against Croatia, when England were just 22 minutes away from reaching Sunday’s final against France, they will depart with pride restored and a new-found belief, even if the dressing room was “desolate” after the 2-1 extra-time defeat in Moscow. “Of course we have one of two paths to go,” Southgate said. “This is either a moment of rare hope and we sink back or we build in the way that Germany did in 2010. Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring against England in 2010 Credit: Getty Images “We want to be in semi-finals, finals and we’ve shown to ourselves that can happen. The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time. Some of these big matches, you just have to go through them and live them to know how to react in the right moments in the right way.” It was only the third time since winning the World Cup in 1966 that England have reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and, significantly, unlike on the previous two occasions, the manager will remain in place to build on his work. Following the 1990 World Cup, Sir Bobby Robson left and the same happened in Euro 96, when the semi-final defeat to Germany was Terry Venables last game in charge. Southgate is contracted to 2020 and, even then, a two-year extension will be automatically triggered in his deal which will take him up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To trigger that extension, all Southgate has to do is qualify for the next European Championships which, given its expanded format, is a relatively straightforward target. It means he can expect to be England manager for at least the next four years if the 47-year-old wants to and given what he has achieved so far it would be no surprise if the Football Association suggested improving the current terms of his contract including an increase on the £1.8million-a-year he earns. Where did it go wrong for England against Croatia? Southgate, for his part, is committed to continuing the overhaul of the England squad and prior to the World Cup name-checked several young players who he has his eye on. They include Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as well as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah. Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation. “We have to build,” he said. “We have some good young players coming through. We've had success at youth level. what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible, and we've got to use it as a springboard to consistently reach the latter stages of tournaments. “The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it. It’s great that they may have had a feeling that playing for England is always misery, regret, recrimination and they have seen that it can be fun, it can be enjoyable. The whole experience can be enjoyable for everybody, really. “They have had a view of what’s possible and that was my experience in my first tournaments with England. [After that] It was difficult to watch the guys avoiding mistakes for a long period. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be brave. Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style.” Ryan Sessegnon in action against Aston Villa last season Credit: Action Plus There are lessons to be learnt. “At the moment we have to be realistic,” Southgate said. “All the games we've had against the bigger teams we haven't managed to win yet. But we have won the games that maybe in the past we were expected to win and didn't. Maybe that's why we've got to the stage we have. “Now we have got to keep improving, and these guys will improve. I think we've managed to get a lot from this group of players, and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.” England now face a third and fourth place play-off in St Petersburg against Belgium on Saturday and although changes will be made to the team - Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young are expected to be ruled out injured - Southgate said the fixture matters. “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish [at a tournament] and the chance for the players to get a medal,” he said. “So there’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again. So we’ll try and get the team that is best able to do the job.”
On my return from four weeks in Russia, sitting on the kitchen table at home was a note of welcome. It was weighted down in place by one of those small plastic Corinthian models that were collected in the Nineties. This one was of Gareth Southgate, in Aston Villa kit. And the note beneath his feet read simply: It’s Coming Home. I seem to come home to a different country from the one I left. When I went to Russia, this was a place largely characterised by indifference about what was to unfold, where expectation was subterranean and everyone was doing their best not to get overexcited. After all, for the past 28 years we have seen where that sort of behaviour leads. We did not want to be embarrassed yet again. So much so, when I left nobody had a flag fluttering from their car window, nobody was spending their Saturday evening dancing on the bonnets of ambulances, there was not a tattoo artist in the land who had been asked to install an image of Harry Maguire on anyone’s arm. When I left, the only place where England flags were out in force was hanging from the balconies of the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south-east London, where every flat was patriotically draped. And the response on social media to such decoration was largely to sneer; in Bermondsey, it was widely reckoned, they were being a little old school, not to mention premature, in their enthusiasm. Now I have returned to a country so swathed in red and white it makes the Kirby Estate look restrained, a country in which mini-roundabouts have been painted in the Cross of St George, a country where the default greeting on the street is a quasi-religious “It’s coming home”, like everyone has turned into a character from The Handmaid’s Tale. Just got back from Russia to find this on the kitchen table. pic.twitter.com/BdTts779Xo— Jim White (@jimw1) July 10, 2018 Put simply, the place has gone giddy, drunk with excitement at the events unfolding in Russia. On social media, wedding videos circulate of grooms finishing their speeches with a spirited rendition of Three Lions and the entire reception joining in the chorus of the moment. The sign at the start of Southgate Drive in Kettering has been expertly extended to include the words “Sir” and “Gareth”. On Tuesday afternoon, British Airways staff were greeting fans flying to Moscow for Wednesday’s match with a sign which read “Check-Kane” and were fitting every passenger with a blue waistcoat just like Southgate’s. In which case, the Museum of London had better head to Heathrow pronto. They are apparently looking to purchase one of Southgate’s used numbers to put in their permanent exhibition. And it is not as if this is a geographically isolated contagion. Sure, 30,000 are expected to gather in Hyde Park to watch a special screening of England’s semi-final with Croatia. But if the numbers coming together for the quarter-final against Sweden are anything to go by, there will be crowds of unprecedented scale gathering in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, too. Everywhere, in fact, across the land, the entire population seem to have gone Southgate barmy. England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Certainly, much of this is down to success. Starved of triumph for so long, over the years we have jealously watched everyone from the Spaniards and Germans to the Greeks and Danes go collectively ape with victory, that when it has come our way we have seized it with abandon. It helps, too, that this World Cup has been a tournament filled with excitement and drama, every game seemingly charged with a passion and spectacle in which England, for once, have played a fully paid-up part. But even so, this feels different from even the glorious summers of 1990 and 1996 when semi-finals were last reached and hysteria abounded. This seems like something new, something different, something altogether more enriching. At a time of increasing fractiousness and uncertainty, of political squabbling and failing leadership, what this England team have done is provide something positive for us to gather round, a good, encouraging, uplifting news story in a swirl of misery. Faced with the prospect of watching news footage of widespread disorder greeting a visit from the odious President of the United States this weekend, it is hardly a surprise everyone would rather gather round the television and watch comedy footage of a dance craze inspired by Kyle Walker’s agonised convulsions when stricken with cramp in the closing stages of the victory over Colombia. The new craze of “Kyling” is indicative. Walker, himself, has joined in the gentle, amused mockery. Just as Maguire has of the endless social media memes of him apparently boring a random woman in the crowd after an England victory (it was actually his girlfriend). This England team is one that is very easy to fall for. In the recent past, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and the rest of the England team were superstars, aloof, disconnected and untouchable. Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier and the rest look and act like our mates, lads we have played with in Sunday League, lads we would choose to have a drink with, lads that laugh at themselves and are self-evidently having the time of their lives in Russia. For sure, had Gerrard and Lampard, Rooney and Beckham ever achieved what this team have done, we would have been celebrating. But not quite with the abandon we have these lads. And at their head is a man who has become universally admired. In an era in which too many of our public figures are characterised by mouthy self-regard, how refreshing it is to be represented on the international stage by such a modest, decent but unquestionably talented man, a person rather than a personality. All this means we can lose ourselves in the performance of Southgate’s England without guilt, without reservation, without caveat. Though it would a bold prediction to suggest, should England lose to Croatia, we will all still be wearing the waistcoat in a week’s time. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
This is not the country I left behind four weeks ago - England has become a land giddily drunk with excitement
On my return from four weeks in Russia, sitting on the kitchen table at home was a note of welcome. It was weighted down in place by one of those small plastic Corinthian models that were collected in the Nineties. This one was of Gareth Southgate, in Aston Villa kit. And the note beneath his feet read simply: It’s Coming Home. I seem to come home to a different country from the one I left. When I went to Russia, this was a place largely characterised by indifference about what was to unfold, where expectation was subterranean and everyone was doing their best not to get overexcited. After all, for the past 28 years we have seen where that sort of behaviour leads. We did not want to be embarrassed yet again. So much so, when I left nobody had a flag fluttering from their car window, nobody was spending their Saturday evening dancing on the bonnets of ambulances, there was not a tattoo artist in the land who had been asked to install an image of Harry Maguire on anyone’s arm. When I left, the only place where England flags were out in force was hanging from the balconies of the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south-east London, where every flat was patriotically draped. And the response on social media to such decoration was largely to sneer; in Bermondsey, it was widely reckoned, they were being a little old school, not to mention premature, in their enthusiasm. Now I have returned to a country so swathed in red and white it makes the Kirby Estate look restrained, a country in which mini-roundabouts have been painted in the Cross of St George, a country where the default greeting on the street is a quasi-religious “It’s coming home”, like everyone has turned into a character from The Handmaid’s Tale. Just got back from Russia to find this on the kitchen table. pic.twitter.com/BdTts779Xo— Jim White (@jimw1) July 10, 2018 Put simply, the place has gone giddy, drunk with excitement at the events unfolding in Russia. On social media, wedding videos circulate of grooms finishing their speeches with a spirited rendition of Three Lions and the entire reception joining in the chorus of the moment. The sign at the start of Southgate Drive in Kettering has been expertly extended to include the words “Sir” and “Gareth”. On Tuesday afternoon, British Airways staff were greeting fans flying to Moscow for Wednesday’s match with a sign which read “Check-Kane” and were fitting every passenger with a blue waistcoat just like Southgate’s. In which case, the Museum of London had better head to Heathrow pronto. They are apparently looking to purchase one of Southgate’s used numbers to put in their permanent exhibition. And it is not as if this is a geographically isolated contagion. Sure, 30,000 are expected to gather in Hyde Park to watch a special screening of England’s semi-final with Croatia. But if the numbers coming together for the quarter-final against Sweden are anything to go by, there will be crowds of unprecedented scale gathering in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, too. Everywhere, in fact, across the land, the entire population seem to have gone Southgate barmy. England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Certainly, much of this is down to success. Starved of triumph for so long, over the years we have jealously watched everyone from the Spaniards and Germans to the Greeks and Danes go collectively ape with victory, that when it has come our way we have seized it with abandon. It helps, too, that this World Cup has been a tournament filled with excitement and drama, every game seemingly charged with a passion and spectacle in which England, for once, have played a fully paid-up part. But even so, this feels different from even the glorious summers of 1990 and 1996 when semi-finals were last reached and hysteria abounded. This seems like something new, something different, something altogether more enriching. At a time of increasing fractiousness and uncertainty, of political squabbling and failing leadership, what this England team have done is provide something positive for us to gather round, a good, encouraging, uplifting news story in a swirl of misery. Faced with the prospect of watching news footage of widespread disorder greeting a visit from the odious President of the United States this weekend, it is hardly a surprise everyone would rather gather round the television and watch comedy footage of a dance craze inspired by Kyle Walker’s agonised convulsions when stricken with cramp in the closing stages of the victory over Colombia. The new craze of “Kyling” is indicative. Walker, himself, has joined in the gentle, amused mockery. Just as Maguire has of the endless social media memes of him apparently boring a random woman in the crowd after an England victory (it was actually his girlfriend). This England team is one that is very easy to fall for. In the recent past, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and the rest of the England team were superstars, aloof, disconnected and untouchable. Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier and the rest look and act like our mates, lads we have played with in Sunday League, lads we would choose to have a drink with, lads that laugh at themselves and are self-evidently having the time of their lives in Russia. For sure, had Gerrard and Lampard, Rooney and Beckham ever achieved what this team have done, we would have been celebrating. But not quite with the abandon we have these lads. And at their head is a man who has become universally admired. In an era in which too many of our public figures are characterised by mouthy self-regard, how refreshing it is to be represented on the international stage by such a modest, decent but unquestionably talented man, a person rather than a personality. All this means we can lose ourselves in the performance of Southgate’s England without guilt, without reservation, without caveat. Though it would a bold prediction to suggest, should England lose to Croatia, we will all still be wearing the waistcoat in a week’s time. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa this summer, confirms Steve Bruce
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 14, 2017 Wolves' Danny Batth celebrates celebrates after the match Action Images/Craig Brough
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 14, 2017 Wolves' Danny Batth celebrates celebrates after the match Action Images/Craig Brough
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
With Tottenham interested in Jack Grealish, Tony Xia admits Aston Villa must 'player trade' to meet FFP regulations
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Sweden, World Cup 2006: Where are they now?
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Sweden, World Cup 2006: Where are they now?
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Sweden, World Cup 2006: Where are they now?
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Sweden, World Cup 2006: Where are they now?
As England head into their quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, past results will not be particularly comforting, with England only slightly edging their head-to-head against the country by eight wins to Sweden's seven, and the last two meetings in a World Cup both ending in draws. The last of those was in 2006, when Sweden scored a 90th-minute equaliser that meant both teams would progress from their group to the knock-outs. What Gareth Southgate's team can be comforted by is the fact they do not have a "golden generation" tag hanging over their heads at this tournament. At Germany 2006 it was a very different England, led by Sven Goran Eriksson, a legion of WAGs dominating the headlines and a ton of expectation. It was England's "golden generation", they were so good on paper - Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - they had to do something special. Instead there was one special moment - Joe Cole's goal against Sweden that came out of nowhere - and a very low one where Rooney's red card and Beckham's injury led to England's dire penalty shoot-out against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to send them home in the quarter-finals. But that was 12 years ago, and for the most part England's stars of the 2000s have recovered from their World Cup woes to find redemption in betting company endorsement deals, poor punditry and - you guessed it - twilight years spent in the MLS. Paul Robinson Robinson had a pretty uneventful World Cup by England keeper standards, barring their exit at the hands of Portugal in a penalty shoot-out. He would not make the England squad for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and would retire from international football that same year, frustrated that he could not make it onto Fabio Capello's team sheet. He ended his football career at Burnley in 2017. He is now an ambassador for betting company Fans Bet and is a pundit for the World Cup on beINSports. �� MAX HD3: We begin our buildup to the final Round of 16 match: #COL vs #ENG ��@richardajkeys & Andy Gray are joined by @GilbertoSilva, Trevor Francis & @GKPaulRobinson for all the pre-match analysis! #beINRussia#beINFWC#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0KbzIQJsa— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 3, 2018 Jamie Carragher The Liverpool defender would go on to miss a penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Portugal that sent England packing in 2006. During his career for England there was bitter disappointment, but he had more luck with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in Istanbul in 2009. He retired from football in 2013, and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, and writes a column for the Telegraph. #tbt When I last played in the @fifaworldcup in 2010 & we were awful! So @england can’t be any worse this time round!! Good luck lads. A post shared by Jamie Carragher (@23_carra) on Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24am PDT Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand has said the supposed "golden generation" he formed a part of wasn't given the same opportunities to perform by their coaches as Southgate is giving the current squad. He retired from international and club football in 2013 and 2015 respectively and bizarrely launched and then ended a boxing career before even stepping in the ring, after being denied a licence. He is now a pundit for the BBC in Moscow. It’s coming home..... who believes? #england �������������� pic.twitter.com/rQYDUt97lx— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 4, 2018 John Terry Terry would go on to captain England after their 2006 exit, but was famously removed in 2010 after an alleged extra-marital affair. He would later be reinstated as captain before retiring from international football in 2012. Being banned for four matches over racial abuse towards Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, was another low point in a career marred by controversy. After over nearly 20 years at Chelsea he joined Aston Villa last summer, but ended his contract this May after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League. COME ON ENGLAND @england ������������������⚽️ A post shared by John Terry (@johnterry.26) on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT Ashley Cole Cole retired from England duties in 2014 after failing to make the World Cup squad, the same year he ended his tenure at Chelsea. He is now 37, and has been playing for MLS side LA Galaxy alongside Sweden's former talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We welcome this man @iamzlatanibrahimovic to la before the big game tomorrow ✌����⚽️ A post shared by Ashley Cole (@theofficialac3) on Mar 30, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT David Beckham England's captain in Germany made his move to MLS's LA Galaxy the following year and later played for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the last few years of his career, before retiring in 2013. He's now more likely to be spotted at royal weddings or Hollywood bashes, and also has various charitable and business ventures he pursues, including the recently launched Miami MLS team which he has part ownership in. Seriously now I know what it feels like.... Wow .. ComeOnEngland �������������� @england A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT Frank Lampard Since retiring from football after a career spent mainly at Chelsea, he started as a pundit for BT Sport and was on the panel for ITV comedy show Play to the Whistle from 2015-2017. In May 2018 Derby County announced he had been appointed as their new manager, and he has been a pundit for the BBC for the World Cup in Russia. I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with @dcfcofficial , a club with such huge tradition and history. A post shared by Frank Lampard (@franklampard) on May 31, 2018 at 12:59am PDT Owen Hargreaves The Manchester United defensive midfielder was named England's best player at the 2006 tournament and was the only one to score in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal. He retired from football in 2012, and has worked as a football analyst on BT Sport during the season, as well as featuring on CNN. It would all end in tears for Owen Hargreaves and England in 2006 Credit: AP Joe Cole Cole's 35-yard volley against Sweden in their 2-2 draw went down as one of England's greatest ever goals at a World Cup. At 36 he continues to play professional football, after making the move to America to play in the United Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016. Dilly Dilly England! Sweden next.. fond memories �� #WorldCup A post shared by Joe Cole (@therealjoecole) on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Wayne Rooney Rooney would go on to become England's top competitive goal-scorer with 27, but his red card in the quarter-finals against Portugal in 2006 would be what many remember about his international career. Rooney announced last week that - like many of his England contemporaries - he had been successfully tempted to the MLS by DC United. ⚫️�� #DCU @dcunited A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Jul 2, 2018 at 5:11pm PDT England World Cup 2018 | Latest news Steven Gerrard Came on as a substitute to score England's second goal against Sweden, and would later go on to captain his country. He retired from football in 2016, going on to work as a pundit and coach Liverpool's Under-18s. He was given the top managerial job at Rangers in June. Steven Gerrard will begin his managerial career at Rangers Credit: Getty Images Michael Owen Owen crashed out of the Sweden match in less than a minute, by tearing a ligament in his knee. That injury would mark the end of his appearances for England at a major tournament, and since retiring from football in 2013 he has had success as a race horse breeder and jockey. Dressed to impress!! A post shared by Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05pm PST Peter Crouch 2006 was Crouch's first World Cup for England. He scored against Trinidad and Tobago and came on as a substitute for Owen in the fourth minute of the Sweden match. He would go on to score 22 goals for England before retiring in 2010. He now plays in the Championship for Stoke - but according to his Twitter wasn't completely giving up on being called up to the squad by Gareth Southgate... I still haven’t booked any holidays Gareth ���� pic.twitter.com/sW5CpqhYdu— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 3, 2018 Sol Campbell Sol Campbell (right) played for England in six consecutive major tournaments Credit: AP Coming on as a sub for Rio Ferdinand in this tie, Campbell became the only player to represent England in six consecutive major tournaments. It would be Campbell's final one though, despite a late campaign to be selected for England's 2010 squad. Capello would not include him in the end and Campbell retired from football a year later. In 2015 he announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London, but was not selected as a candidate. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Tottenham want Jack Grealish and the Aston Villa star is keen to make move
Tottenham want Jack Grealish and the Aston Villa star is keen to make move
Tottenham want Jack Grealish and the Aston Villa star is keen to make move
Soccer Football - Championship Play-Off Final - Fulham vs Aston Villa - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 26, 2018 Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates promotion to the Premier League Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Championship Play-Off Final - Fulham vs Aston Villa
Soccer Football - Championship Play-Off Final - Fulham vs Aston Villa - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 26, 2018 Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates promotion to the Premier League Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa have been plunged into fresh turmoil after the sacking of director of football Steve Round. And the cash-strapped Championship club's finances are under more scrutiny after the Football League demanded clarification over proof of funding. Round, a key ally of manager Steve Bruce, was dismissed by owner Dr Tony Xia on Wednesday morning in a shock end to his two-year tenure with the club. It now leaves Bruce facing the task of negotiating the bulk of transfer deals on his own after the departure of chief executive Keith Wyness last month. Telegraph Sport understands Bruce has no intention of quitting the club after today's surpise news and is determined to rebuild his squad. Xia made the decision to sack Round but has no plans to jettison Bruce. Chief commercial officer Luke Organ and Xia's executive assistant Rongtian He are understood to be flying out to Portugal today, where Villa's squad are based for a training camp, for talks with Bruce over the club's immediate future. Bruce is facing the sale of Jack Grealish and restricted to signing only free agents and low-cost loan signings. Jack Grealish looks to be on his way from Aston Villa this summer Credit: Getty Images Villa have also been asked by the EFL to provide evidence they have the cash to continue operating for the forthcoming Championship season, as the pressure grows on Xia. Last month Xia secured around £5m to ensure the club was able to pay wages and their tax bill for June, but the short-term situation is a concern for the governing body. We can confirm Director of Football Steve Round has left the club. The club would like to thank Steve for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.#AVFCpic.twitter.com/gTgdpQQl4i— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 4, 2018 The EFL has written to Villa for a response on whether the club can meet its financial obligations and remain competitive for the campaign, which starts in a month's time. Villa and the EFL have declined to comment. Xia has this week rejected a £30 million offer from an American consortium for a 30 per cent share and is thought to be desperate to retain full control. Bruce and Xia will be monitoring the future of Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, who left Villa in August 2016, in the hope of landing a welcome cash injection. It is understood Villa inserted a 20 per cent sell-on into the deal, so could land around £3.5m if a Premier League club triggers Traore's £18m release clause this summer.
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa have been plunged into fresh turmoil after the sacking of director of football Steve Round. And the cash-strapped Championship club's finances are under more scrutiny after the Football League demanded clarification over proof of funding. Round, a key ally of manager Steve Bruce, was dismissed by owner Dr Tony Xia on Wednesday morning in a shock end to his two-year tenure with the club. It now leaves Bruce facing the task of negotiating the bulk of transfer deals on his own after the departure of chief executive Keith Wyness last month. Telegraph Sport understands Bruce has no intention of quitting the club after today's surpise news and is determined to rebuild his squad. Xia made the decision to sack Round but has no plans to jettison Bruce. Chief commercial officer Luke Organ and Xia's executive assistant Rongtian He are understood to be flying out to Portugal today, where Villa's squad are based for a training camp, for talks with Bruce over the club's immediate future. Bruce is facing the sale of Jack Grealish and restricted to signing only free agents and low-cost loan signings. Jack Grealish looks to be on his way from Aston Villa this summer Credit: Getty Images Villa have also been asked by the EFL to provide evidence they have the cash to continue operating for the forthcoming Championship season, as the pressure grows on Xia. Last month Xia secured around £5m to ensure the club was able to pay wages and their tax bill for June, but the short-term situation is a concern for the governing body. We can confirm Director of Football Steve Round has left the club. The club would like to thank Steve for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.#AVFCpic.twitter.com/gTgdpQQl4i— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 4, 2018 The EFL has written to Villa for a response on whether the club can meet its financial obligations and remain competitive for the campaign, which starts in a month's time. Villa and the EFL have declined to comment. Xia has this week rejected a £30 million offer from an American consortium for a 30 per cent share and is thought to be desperate to retain full control. Bruce and Xia will be monitoring the future of Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, who left Villa in August 2016, in the hope of landing a welcome cash injection. It is understood Villa inserted a 20 per cent sell-on into the deal, so could land around £3.5m if a Premier League club triggers Traore's £18m release clause this summer.
Aston Villa have been plunged into fresh turmoil after the sacking of director of football Steve Round. And the cash-strapped Championship club's finances are under more scrutiny after the Football League demanded clarification over proof of funding. Round, a key ally of manager Steve Bruce, was dismissed by owner Dr Tony Xia on Wednesday morning in a shock end to his two-year tenure with the club. It now leaves Bruce facing the task of negotiating the bulk of transfer deals on his own after the departure of chief executive Keith Wyness last month. Telegraph Sport understands Bruce has no intention of quitting the club after today's surpise news and is determined to rebuild his squad. Xia made the decision to sack Round but has no plans to jettison Bruce. Chief commercial officer Luke Organ and Xia's executive assistant Rongtian He are understood to be flying out to Portugal today, where Villa's squad are based for a training camp, for talks with Bruce over the club's immediate future. Bruce is facing the sale of Jack Grealish and restricted to signing only free agents and low-cost loan signings. Jack Grealish looks to be on his way from Aston Villa this summer Credit: Getty Images Villa have also been asked by the EFL to provide evidence they have the cash to continue operating for the forthcoming Championship season, as the pressure grows on Xia. Last month Xia secured around £5m to ensure the club was able to pay wages and their tax bill for June, but the short-term situation is a concern for the governing body. We can confirm Director of Football Steve Round has left the club. The club would like to thank Steve for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.#AVFCpic.twitter.com/gTgdpQQl4i— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 4, 2018 The EFL has written to Villa for a response on whether the club can meet its financial obligations and remain competitive for the campaign, which starts in a month's time. Villa and the EFL have declined to comment. Xia has this week rejected a £30 million offer from an American consortium for a 30 per cent share and is thought to be desperate to retain full control. Bruce and Xia will be monitoring the future of Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, who left Villa in August 2016, in the hope of landing a welcome cash injection. It is understood Villa inserted a 20 per cent sell-on into the deal, so could land around £3.5m if a Premier League club triggers Traore's £18m release clause this summer.
Aston Villa sack director of football Steve Round as club is plunged into more turmoil
Aston Villa have been plunged into fresh turmoil after the sacking of director of football Steve Round. And the cash-strapped Championship club's finances are under more scrutiny after the Football League demanded clarification over proof of funding. Round, a key ally of manager Steve Bruce, was dismissed by owner Dr Tony Xia on Wednesday morning in a shock end to his two-year tenure with the club. It now leaves Bruce facing the task of negotiating the bulk of transfer deals on his own after the departure of chief executive Keith Wyness last month. Telegraph Sport understands Bruce has no intention of quitting the club after today's surpise news and is determined to rebuild his squad. Xia made the decision to sack Round but has no plans to jettison Bruce. Chief commercial officer Luke Organ and Xia's executive assistant Rongtian He are understood to be flying out to Portugal today, where Villa's squad are based for a training camp, for talks with Bruce over the club's immediate future. Bruce is facing the sale of Jack Grealish and restricted to signing only free agents and low-cost loan signings. Jack Grealish looks to be on his way from Aston Villa this summer Credit: Getty Images Villa have also been asked by the EFL to provide evidence they have the cash to continue operating for the forthcoming Championship season, as the pressure grows on Xia. Last month Xia secured around £5m to ensure the club was able to pay wages and their tax bill for June, but the short-term situation is a concern for the governing body. We can confirm Director of Football Steve Round has left the club. The club would like to thank Steve for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.#AVFCpic.twitter.com/gTgdpQQl4i— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 4, 2018 The EFL has written to Villa for a response on whether the club can meet its financial obligations and remain competitive for the campaign, which starts in a month's time. Villa and the EFL have declined to comment. Xia has this week rejected a £30 million offer from an American consortium for a 30 per cent share and is thought to be desperate to retain full control. Bruce and Xia will be monitoring the future of Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, who left Villa in August 2016, in the hope of landing a welcome cash injection. It is understood Villa inserted a 20 per cent sell-on into the deal, so could land around £3.5m if a Premier League club triggers Traore's £18m release clause this summer.
After loans in the Championship with Aston Villa, Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has completed a permanent move to West Brom.
West Brom sign Manchester United goalkeeper Johnstone
After loans in the Championship with Aston Villa, Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has completed a permanent move to West Brom.
Ben Foster is on the verge of signing for Watford in a £2.5 million deal. Foster, the former England goalkeeper, will complete his return to the Premier League later this week with a fee very close to being agreed with West Bromwich Albion. The 35-year-old is ready to undergo a medical at Watford's training ground in the next few days, leaving Albion under a cloud after his refusal to join his team-mates at a training camp in Portugal last week. Foster told Albion officials he did not want to join Darren Moore's squad amid the interest from Watford, with team-mate Craig Dawson also staying at home. West Brom are already in talks over Foster's replacement and want Manchester United's Sam Johnstone, who has impressed on loan at Championship rivals Aston Villa. Premier League club-by-club review Foster will end a seven-year stay at the Hawthorns to return to Vicarage Road, where he spent two seasons on loan while at former club United. James McClean is also closing in on a £5m move to Stoke City as the two clubs continue talks over a deal for the Republic of Ireland international. McClean has been a priority target for new Stoke manager Gary Rowett this summer and a move for the winger should also go through this week.
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster edges towards £2.5m transfer to Watford
Ben Foster is on the verge of signing for Watford in a £2.5 million deal. Foster, the former England goalkeeper, will complete his return to the Premier League later this week with a fee very close to being agreed with West Bromwich Albion. The 35-year-old is ready to undergo a medical at Watford's training ground in the next few days, leaving Albion under a cloud after his refusal to join his team-mates at a training camp in Portugal last week. Foster told Albion officials he did not want to join Darren Moore's squad amid the interest from Watford, with team-mate Craig Dawson also staying at home. West Brom are already in talks over Foster's replacement and want Manchester United's Sam Johnstone, who has impressed on loan at Championship rivals Aston Villa. Premier League club-by-club review Foster will end a seven-year stay at the Hawthorns to return to Vicarage Road, where he spent two seasons on loan while at former club United. James McClean is also closing in on a £5m move to Stoke City as the two clubs continue talks over a deal for the Republic of Ireland international. McClean has been a priority target for new Stoke manager Gary Rowett this summer and a move for the winger should also go through this week.
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Belgium, Italia 90: Where are they now?
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 bit 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. God was looking down on me this morning! Having watched the worst football Argentina has played in a World Cup on the eve before the anniversary of the hand of god incident ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFxJYIKMT— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 22, 2018 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 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 (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. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more 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 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 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 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 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 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 Substitutes 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. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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