Ray Houghton on Italia 90: "Jack Charlton joked that we'd get to meet the Pope. Suddenly we're at the Vatican..."

Ireland Vatican

This interview is from 2014. Also read: World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies aged 85

You beat Romania in the second round; then you’re off to Rome to play the hosts in the quarter-finals of the World Cup and meet the Pope. Er... ?

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Leo Moynihan

Leo Moynihan has been a freelance football writer and author for over 20 years. As well as contributing to FourFourTwo for all of that time, his words have also appeared in The Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian, Esquire, FHM and the Radio Times. He has written a number of books on football, including ghost projects with the likes of David Beckham and Andrew Cole, while his last two books, The Three Kings and Thou Shall Not Pass have both been recognised by the Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year awards.