Paul Gascoigne and Gazzamania: From Italia 90 to Euro 96, how one player changed English football

Paul Gascoigne Gazza England Euro 96
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You can tell that something genuinely remarkable is happening, just from Colin Hendry’s face. The rugged Scotland centre-back always had a distinctive look – fierce Highland warrior with the face of an old Russian woman – but suddenly that stoic frame crumples with confusion.

Against the run of play, a supposedly portly and past-it Paul Gascoigne lifts the ball into a perfect orbit over Hendry’s head, sprints like a naughty kid and prepares to apply the coup de grace. 

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Si Hawkins

A long-serving FourFourTwo contributor – first piece, Peter Kay on the John Smiths “Ave It!” ad, 2002 – Si Hawkins has reported for FFT from Dubai and New York to Norway and Swindon, talked football with Cantona, Lineker and the Chuckle Brothers, and once attempted football-based stand-up comedy, with predictable results. Elsewhere, Si has written for The Guardian, BBC, New European, Vice, numerous in-flight publications, and – perhaps most prestigiously – the Leyton Orient Matchday Magazine.

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