Paul Gascoigne was the maverick who will at all times be remembered for THAT aim for England towards Scotland at Euro 96.
Ever the joker, Gazza was eager to wind his Rangers buddies up within the tunnel at half-time earlier than popping out and scoring one of the memorable match targets.
The unbelievable conflict at Wembley noticed the Three Lions spark their European Championship marketing campaign into life.
That sport was 25 years in the past and the 2 sides will meet on the Euros as soon as once more on Friday, in the identical venue, albeit with the arch changing the well-known twin towers.
Tales have been instructed and retold about that sport. One particular person enjoying for Scotland within the match was Ally McCoist, who recalled his recollections to talkSPORT.
McCoist was teammates with Gascoigne on the time with each enjoying for Rangers – and you’ll hearken to Gazza & McCoist: Collectively Once more, a particular hour lengthy chat between the pair.
“I can bear in mind every little thing,” McCoist stated. “Within the first half, we performed effectively. Actually, rather well and every little thing went in response to plan.
“I bear in mind taking place the tunnel at half-time and Gascoigne throwing [Stuart] McCall his jersey and stated ‘inform Coisty he can have the second half one’.
“I bear in mind the second half popping out and going a aim down, [Alan] Shearer header.
“I can bear in mind the penalty as if it was yesterday and the ball shifting as Gary went to hit it,” he stated in reference to illusionist Uri Geller supposedly scuppering the spot-kick.
“Then I can bear in mind Gazza’s absolute brilliance for the second aim. From the beginning of the second half, that was England’s match beginning.
“Till that second, they’d drawn towards Switzerland and the primary half towards us they usually weren’t nice. I felt that’s the place their match began.
“The environment was implausible. The place was rocking, as you’d count on and hope. A full Hampden, a full Wembley, that’s the stuff you dream of rising up. Taking part in in Scotland towards England at Hampden or Wembley.
“Though the consequence was a disappointment, the environment was implausible. Nice reminiscence.”
Scotland’s match was not over at that stage, although, and nonetheless had a sport towards Switzerland to play.
They’d picked up a draw of their opening fixture with the Netherlands then misplaced to England.
McCoist scored the winner towards the Swiss, however it was not sufficient as they agonisingly missed out.
When requested how the Scotland gamers felt after the England sport, McCoist added: “I bear in mind we had been actually depressed for a few hours, not more than that. I bear in mind going again to the lodge and the households had been coming round and Saturday night time we bought collectively for a few drinks and it was superb how shortly we regrouped.
“We knew we nonetheless had an opportunity of qualifying with the Switzerland sport. We ended up getting knocked out on targets scored, not even aim distinction.”