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Paul Gascoigne's Wind-Up For Scotland Keeper After Euro '96 Goal Almost Got Him 'Knocked Out'

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Paul Gascoigne's Wind-Up For Scotland Keeper After Euro '96 Goal Almost Got Him 'Knocked Out'

Paul Gascoigne's incredible goal for England against Scotland at Euro '96 is the stuff of the legend 25 years later - but it almost got the player himself knocked out.

'Gazza' played his club football for Rangers in Scotland at the time and, although everyone remembers the exquisite flick and volley to score - not to mention the 'dentist's chair' celebration afterwards - not many people know how his Scottish clubmates reacted to him on his return following the tournament.

Talking to The Sun, the 54 year-old has revealed that Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram in particular was less than impressed - not least because Gazza didn't waste any time in tormenting him as soon as they returned to sharing a dressing room.

Gazza celebrates his Euro 96 goal against Scotland. Credit: PA
Gazza celebrates his Euro 96 goal against Scotland. Credit: PA
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"I daren't look at him after I finished celebrating because I knew he'd be fuming and he would probably have knocked my f***ing head off!" the former midfielder recalled of his strike at Wembley, which wrapped up the must-win group stage game 2-0 to England.

That was nothing compared to how he felt about returning to Glasgow, however.

He said: "It made me a bit anxious about going back to Rangers after but I decided, 'F*** - I'll wind 'em up anyway when I get back.'"

So Gazza dealt with it like only he could.

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"So when I rejoined the team in the dressing room, I stuck pictures of the goal on the walls," he recalled.

"Then I got a mop which looked like Colin Hendry's head, flicked a ball over it and volleyed it straight at Andy.

"He went off his f***ing head and had to be held off me. He said, 'If you ever do that again, I'll knock you out.'"

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However, as the ex-Newcastle, Spurs and Lazio man pointed out, the fact he'd beaten the highly-respected Goram was surprising enough in itself - never mind the fact that it was a quality strike.

"The goal was made even sweeter by the fact that I was a Glasgow Rangers player in those days and had never managed to score a single goal against Andy Goram in training," he explained.

"But I did it at Wembley in front of 100,000 people and millions on TV when it mattered."

It would prove to be the last major international tournament for both players, with Gascoigne omitted from England's World Cup '98 squad and Goram walking out on the Scotland team for the same competition after his bitter rival Jim Leighton was selected.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Gazza, though, at least has his memories of his wonder strike. He claims it's the 'greatest goal ever scored in 100 years at Wembley' and doesn't think any of the current England crop at Euro 2020 could replicate it.

"I don't think there's one player in the England team or in the tournament who could score my greatest goal!" he reckons.

"It was a one-off."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: SPORT, Football, Euro 2020

Simon Catling
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