Gazza’s message to England squad
Paul Gascoigne will be forever remembered for his tears of despair after England crashed out of their last World Cup semi-final at Italia 90, 28 years ago.
But the football legend has urged today’s stars to have the nation weeping with joy by going all the way to the final and lifting the trophy.
And the 51-year-old urged Gareth Southgate’s boys to take a leaf out of his book and hold no fear when they step out against Croatia tomorrow night in their bid for glory.
Clutching a replica of the trophy, Gazza gave a stirring message to the England team when he declared: “Come on boys, bring this cup home.
“You have nothing to fear. To conquer fear, you have to face it. It is OK to cry when you win, then you have achieved something.
“They have to play like I did, for the crowd, for the fans. If they are struggling, the fans will cheer them on. Just play for England, for the fans. My message is… just play as if you were 10 years of age.
“No fear, enjoy the game, you may never get a better chance.”
(Image: Philip Coburn)