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Paul Gascoigne

Despite playing in only one world cup, Gazza is considered by us to be the 21st greatest player in world cup history. Gascoigne became recognised as a world class player in England’s 0-0 draw against Holland in their second group stage match during the 1990 finals. Gascoigne was fantastic on that night, producing greatness all over the pitch; he was all over the entire pitch that day; however despite England having two goals disallowed and dominating the match, the game still ended up in a draw. Against Egypt, in their final group game Gascoigne provided the winning ball for Mark Wright to head in the goal, which sealed England’s progression to the knock out phase. Gascoigne produced two great performances in the games against Belgium and Cameroon. It was his performance against West Germany which booked his place in world cup history. After picking up a second booking in extra time, Gascoigne cried knowing that if England were to defeat the Germans he would be suspended from the final, however, Gascoigne being the strong character he is, still played brilliantly for the remainder of the game. Gascoigne's international career did not reach the same heights as it did during Italia 90, however he was also a star during Euro 96.

 

 

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