There was a debate about Gazza on the radio today and the argument put forward was Gazza career was basically 2 years. Before the world cup and shortly after, he messed up his knee and was never the same. People remember his goal against Scotland, as it was great, but was he really all that? He did it in Scotland when it was a 2 horse race and the rest were walk overs. I'd rather have Kanchelskis any day of the week over Gazza
It was no coincidence that before getting to this years semi-final, England’s previous best showings since 1966 came with Gascoigne in the side in 1990 and 1996.
He had so much talent. His passing range, ball retention, movement, and dribbling were all top class.
Plus, his midfield general role away to Italy that qualified England for France ‘98 was one of the most disciplined and methodical performances I’ve ever seen from an England player, but then Hoddle sold him out by omitting him from his final squad.
And in between all that he single handedly drove Spurs to the FA Cup final in ‘91 with some of the most exhilarating displays and goals I’ve had the pleasure to witness.
So yeah, his implosion in that final did diminish his star hugely, but he still shone brighter than any English player on the international scene in the next six/seven years following that incident.