Chris Waddle

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England manager Gareth Southgate during squad training in Burton-Upon-Trent on Friday.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Is Gareth Southgate the saving grace of English public life? Set against the megalomaniacal strangeness of Boris and the other political stars of Brex(...)

England’s Paul Gascoigne dejected after the  semi-final defeat to West Germany at the 1990 World Cup at the Stadio delle Alpi in  Turin. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

Some books stay with you forever. Lines from them take up residence in your brain, rather than just passing through in the gush of everything else you(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner having breakfast in bed after securing the FA Cup the day before. Photo: Varley Picture Agency

Big Jack was unimpressed. “What the fook you doing ’ere?” he said. It was a question, possibly, though in the moment it felt like an accusation. “Eh,(...)

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Oh, come on, everybody remembers Italia 90. Do they, though? Yes. What, all of it? Well, not all of it, obviously. Go on then, what do you remember?(...)

Argentina’s  Diego Maradona gets his hand to the ball ahead of England goalkeeper to score the ’Hand of God’ goal during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City during the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cu(...)

Yassine Meriah of Tunisia clashes with Harry Kane during the 2018 World Cup Group G match at Volgograd Arena. Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

The video assistant referee system is “not fit for purpose” at the World Cup, according to Gary Neville. England’s dramatic win over Tunisia on Mond(...)

“Two World Wars and two World Cups”: Chris Waddle, Stuart Pearce and Gareth Southgate (above) will be allowed to retake their penalties until they score. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Allsport/Getty

Did you ever see a cat stuck up a tree? It desperately wants to get down, but when a kindly human climbs up to rescue it, it hisses and claws. Even ca(...)

Penalties. For better or worse, it’s one of the great set-pieces, in the theatrical or cinematic sense, in all of sport. From Stuart Pearce to Chris W(...)

Juventus vice president and former player Pavel Nedved has given the thumbs up to the club’s new logo. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

One whole year for Juve to see double How well received was the new club crest unveiled by Juventus last week? Not tremendously. And when club pr(...)

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