‘If Clough had been the England manager, I’d have got a lot more caps’ - Glenn Hoddle on why Three Lions fans never saw the best of him

Glenn Hoddle in action for England in 1986
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Ask any fan, former team-mate or manager who witnessed Glenn Hoddle in his prime, and they’ll tell you the same thing: the man was a genius. 

Across spells with Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea, Hoddle forged a reputation as a playmaker of rare vision, close control, balance and jaw-dropping elegance. While many of his peers around the world saw him as England’s best player throughout the 1980s, Three Lions rarely saw the best of him. Indeed, his tally of 53 caps seems paltry for a player of his brilliance. So what was the issue? 

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