Where are they now? England, Euro '96
There was plenty of optimism from the home fans when England hosted the 1996 European Championships. It was England’s first time hosting a major football tournament since winning the 1966 World Cup and the Three Lions boasted a talented team led by Alan Shearer and the mercurial Paul Gascoigne.
The revamped English Premier League had also been launched just a few short years prior and interest in football was at an incredible level as the tournament got underway around the country.
Under the guidance of manager Terry Venables and with Shearer firing on all cylinders, England topped their group – including a 4-1 hammering of the Netherlands – and beat Spain on penalties to reach the semi-finals.
With 75,862 fans in attendance at Wembley, England took the lead against Germany before the visitors equalised and ultimately prevailed in another battle of spot kicks.
Despite the defeat, the England players were feted as heroes and it remains their best performance at a European Championship. So, where are they now?
Words by Vijhay Vick, Kenneth Ho and James Dampney
Having won the English league title in his debut season with Arsenal in 1990-91, Seaman cemented his position as England’s number one at Euro ‘96.
Despite England’s defeat at the semi-final stage, Seaman was included in UEFA’s team of the tournament, along with compatriots Steve McManaman and Alan Shearer.
Seaman’s decorated career at Arsenal also resulted in him earning two other league medals and four FA Cups.
His only European success, however, came when Arsenal won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.
Seaman moved to Manchester City in the summer of 2003 but announced his retirement just six months later at the age of 40, due to a shoulder injury. He had played 19 league games at City prior to the injury.
Since his retirement, Seaman has played two charity matches at Old Trafford, won the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ television competition in 2004 and partnered Frankie Poultney to finish fourth in the 2006 Dancing on Ice edition. They married in 2015.
When not dancing or coaching at Arsenal part-time, Seaman is said to enjoy golfing, shooting and travelling. – VV