How is Paul Gascoigne now 25 years on from his Euro ’96 wondergoal?
Tonight sees England v Ukraine in the Euro 2020, and many fans’ thoughts have turned back to Euro 96.
During that tournament in England, Paul Gascoigne scored one of the best ever goals in an England shirt.
But how is Gazza now and how is his health?
What happened during England v Scotland at the Euros in 1996?
Now 54, former Newcastle, Spurs, Lazio and Rangers star Paul has battled addiction issues since his retirement in 2004.
But at Wembley in 1996, Gazza was a hero.
With the enemies battling it out, England went 1-0 in the sunshine thanks to a goal from Alan Shearer.
But when Scotland won a penalty, it looked like they were going to equalise. However, David Seaman saved the spot kick and England stormed down the other end in a flash.
Gazza then lobbed the ball up over the oncoming Colin Hendry and smashed it on the volley into the back of the net.
How does Paul remember the goal?
Gazza recalled the goal – and the infamous ‘dentist’s chair’ celebration – when he spoke to The Sun newspaper.
He said: “It’s the best goal I ever scored in an England shirt and the greatest goal ever scored in 100 years at Wembley.
“I’d worked on being a two-footed player from the age of eight, banging a ball against a wall with only my left foot to train myself and that was the day it paid off.”
How is Gazza today?
After a catalogue of drunken incidents and spectacular falls off the wagon, Gazza took drastic action in early 2020.
He reportedly paid £20,000 to have anti-alcohol pellets put into his stomach to stop him drinking.
However, despite the treatment he admitted he had started drinking again prior to his successful appearance on the Italian version of I’m A Celebrity.
“I’ll always be an alcoholic, but now I can have a couple of glasses of wine and I have a few beers,” he said.
“Not every day, but when I want to.”
He left the show after 38 days due to a dislocated shoulder.
And now, ahead of today’s big game, he admits that if England go all the way, he’ll have another drink.
He said to The Sun: “I’ve had my problems with drink but if we win the tournament I won’t care, I’ll be straight off the wagon and down the pub.
“There’ll never be a better excuse for the whole country to celebrate.”
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