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VIDEO: Remembering Gazza's genius - Euro 96

Sean Matthews
2.44K   //    14 Jul 2013, 22:30 IST

This week saw another sorry image of Paul Gascoigne printed across the tabloids. The ex-England international was pictured slumped by a bin, begging passers-by for alcohol.

As time goes on, this may be how the legend commonly known as ‘Gazza’ is remembered. But, his footballing ability must never be forgotten.

I was seven-years-old during Euro 96, and had never seen a piece of skill quite like Gazza’s goal against Scotland. The way he flicked the ball over Colin Hendry, it made the defender look foolish.

A simple touch somehow made a grown man look a fool. The finish that followed was definitive. The celebration provided an iconic moment in English football.

I can’t tell you how many times I tried to replicate that goal in the days and weeks after. It couldn’t be done. On the grandest stage Paul Gascoigne showed why he’s one of the best technical players England ever produced. And it’s these moments we should remember him for.

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Sean Matthews
A young writer from England. Passionate about sport, especially football.
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