Euro 96 hero Gazza’s advice for England stars’ ‘really tough’ Scotland showdown

Euro ‘96 hero Paul Gascoigne is calling on England’s young lions to turn back the clock against the old enemy Scotland on Friday night.

Gazza, 54, warned Gareth Southgate’s new generation to be ready for a ‘really tough’ showdown in the red-hot atmosphere of Wembley.

Even with a reduced 22,500-capacity, the never-say-die clash of old rivals will bring back memories of Gazza’s superb volley and dentist’s chair goal celebration in our famous 2-0 victory over the Scots at Euro 96.

Gazza found the net after flicking the ball over defender Colin Hendry.

He then cemented his legendary status by lying down on the pitch while team-mates fired jets of water down his throat.

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It came after a boozy pre-tournament session where Gazza and other players had spirits poured down their necks while strapped into a dentist’s chair in a Hong Kong bar.

That was 25 years ago on Wednesday (June 15). Gazza says it is one of his most memorable moments in an England shirt.

And the former Newcastle, Spurs and Rangers star hopes the likes of Phil Foden – sporting his Gazza ‘96 haircut – and Harry Kane can be inspired by that performance.

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“I think Scotland will be really tough to play against, they have a decent centre forward (Lyndon Dykes) and they will be up for the game,” he said.

For Gazza, the key to an England win could be their performance in defence, with Man Utd defender Harry Maguire reporting fit for the first time.

He told the Mirror: “Terry Venables always used to say – if you don’t concede, you won’t get beaten.

“But our strike force is unbelievable, Rashford, Kane, Sterling, they are really dangerous.

“Jack Grealish loves to take people on, he always wants the ball – that is great, that’s what you want.

“The players are really confident. But now the pressure is on, and it all depends on how they deal with it.”

Gazza celebrates after the 1996 win against Scotland at Wembley
Gazza celebrates after the 1996 win against Scotland at Wembley

Gazza at the 1990 World Cup quarter final against Cameroon in Naples, Italy
Gazza at the 1990 World Cup quarter final against Cameroon in Naples, Italy

Gazza had told his England team mates in the dressing room before the ‘96

game to ‘do the Dentist’s chair’ if they scored.

He did ‘take some stick’ from the Scotland team because he was playing for Rangers in 1996.

“I told the lads in the dressing room, if we score, we have to do the Dentist’s Chair,” he recalled. “Of course, I was the one who did it.

“I was so lucky to play with great players at their peak.

“I was surrounded by all-time greats. Yet I was only 22/23 when I went to Italia 90.”

Gazza is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered on the Italian version of Love Island, but is hoping to attend some of the England games at the Euros.

“I am an ambassador for my country so I will try and go to a couple of games,” he said. “It would be great to see the fans out there in the stadium again.

Euro 96 hero Gazza's advice for England stars' 'really tough' Scotland showdown
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“I will go to some of the matches if I can, I have a lot of work, so I need to focus on that too.

“I have never turned down a selfie or autograph in 30 years. And I will not change because the fans keep me alive.

“I wish them and the team all the very best.”

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