After victory in the game everyone was talking about, the England football team managed to put to bed some of the painful memories of the last time England played Germany in the Euros at Wembley.
It was almost 25 years ago to the day, on 26 June 1996, England lost on penalties in the semi-final.
Here we look at the team and ask – Euro 96… where are they now?
Goalkeeper – David Seaman MBE – Arsenal
After making his debut in 1981, David Seaman went on to make 731 appearances for 6 clubs in a career that lasted over 23 years, including 75 international caps.
Seaman was awarded an MBE in 1997 for Services to Football and on retiring had won 3 league titles, 4 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Cup. A born winner, Seaman also went on to win Strictly Ice Dancing on the BBC!
Despite his millions, Seaman has not forgotten his Rotherham roots and now dedicates his time to help others save money with his “Save It Like Safe Hands” money saving guide.
Defender – David Platt
After making his debut for Crewe Alexandra, Platt made 448 appearances for 7 clubs in a career that lasted 16 years including 4 years in Italy. During this time Platt won 1 League Title, 1 FA Cup, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 Coppa Italia. Platt made 62 appearances for the national side.
After retiring from playing, Platt has managed 4 teams in 3 countries over 2 continents with Nottingham Forest, Sampdoria (Italy), England Under 21 and FC Pune City in the Indian Super League.
After his years in Italy, Platt is fluent in Italian and is now working with Palermo, a 2nd division team in the Italian league.
Defender – Tony Adams MBE (Captain) – Arsenal
A “one-club-man”, Tony Adams spent his whole playing career with Arsenal making 504 appearances for the club from 1983 – 2002. Adams also has 66 England caps to his name. Adams is the only player to have captained a league title winning side in 3 different decades. His 19 year playing career saw him take home 4 League Titles, 3 FA Cups, 2 Football League Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup and 2 FA Community Shields.
Straight after retiring from his playing career, Adams studied for a sports science degree and became manager of Wycombe Wanderers. Since then, Adams has managed Portsmouth FC before moving to Azerbaijan to manage a team called Gabala FK and then to Spain for a short stint with Granada.
In 2000, after struggling himself, Adams founded the “Sporting Chance Clinic” helping people suffering from drink, drugs, or gambling addictions.
In 2011, Arsenal FC unveiled a statue of Tony Adams in honour of his career with the club. Adams was also elected president of the Rugby Football League in 2019 for a year.
Defender – Gareth Southgate OBE – Aston Villa
The current England Manager, before donning his now famous waistcoat, made over 503 appearances for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough over 18 years, winning 2 League Cups and playing in the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006. Southgate also made 57 appearances for the team he now manages.
After his last appearance as a player for Middlesbrough, Southgate became their manager in 2006, but was dismissed after relegation from the Premier League in 2009. However, this did not stymie Southgate’s career progression as he took up the role of England under 21 Manager before his current position as head of the senior team.
In his first tournament in charge, Southgate led the England team to the semi-final of the World Cup for only the 3rd time ever. In his second tournament in charge, he has already led his team to victory over Germany – the last time we did this in a tournament was, well, 1966…
Defender – Stuart Pearce MBE – Nottingham Forest
An absolute legend in Nottingham, Stuart Pearce racked up a massive 747 professional appearances over 24 years. A feat even more staggering considering he signed his first professional contract at 21. After retiring from football Pearce had won 2 League Cups, 2 Full Members Cups and the old Division 1 title and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for 5 seasons in a row from 1988 – 1992.
Pearce’s international career saw him gain 78 England caps, but will mostly be remembered for 2 penalties 6 years apart – after missing a penalty in a shoot-out in the 1990 World Cup Semi-Final, he emphatically put those demons to bed 6 years later during Euro 96 when, this time, Pearce scored his penalty in a shoot-out against Spain.
After retiring, Pearce became caretaker manager of Nottingham Forest. A few years behind the scenes at clubs like West Ham and Newcastle paved the way for his own foray into management eventually becoming the manager of his beloved national team in 2012. He was also the Olympic Team GB coach for London 2012.
Nowadays “Psycho” (as he was dubbed due to his indomitable playing style), is more sedate offering after dinner speeches and the occasional spot of punditry.
Midfielder – Paul Ince – Inter Milan
A tough combative midfielder, Paul Ince made 609 appearances for 8 clubs, including 2 years playing in Italy for Inter Milan. Ince received 53 international caps and, while on a summer tour of the USA became the first black player to captain England.
During his playing time, Ince won 2 League Titles, 2 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 3 FA Charity / Community Shields, 1 European Super Cup and 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup.
Since retiring, Ince has managed 6 teams from all levels of the footballing pyramid – from Macclesfield Town to Blackpool, via Blackburn Rovers, MK Dons and Notts County.
A true footballing family, Paul’s son Tom Ince is a professional footballer for Stoke City while he has 2 cousins who also play football – Rohan Ince for Woking and Clayton Ince who is Trinidad and Tobago’s most capped goalkeeper. His niece is Rochelle Humes who began her entertainment career with The Saturdays.
These days, Paul Ince can be found as a regular on the BT Sport programme The Score, as well as a Match Analyst and pundit for the BBC.
Midfielder – Darren Anderton – Tottenham Hotspur
After turning professional in 1990, Darren Anderton went on to make 471 appearances for 5 clubs over 18 years winning the League Cup in 1999. Anderton made 30 international appearances for England over a 6-year period.
Nowadays, you can find Anderton sunning it up living in California while working occasionally in the media. He also represented Tottenham Hotspur as an ambassador for their recent tour of the USA.
Midfielder – Steve McManaman – Liverpool
One of the trickiest midfielders of his generation, McManaman made 401 appearances over 15 years, including 37 international caps. McManaman is also one of the most successful players ever to have played for clubs abroad having won the UEFA Champions League twice with Real Madrid.
In total, he has won 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 2 Spanish League Titles (La Liga), 1 Supercopa de Espana, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues and 1 UEFA Super Cup.
After retiring, McManaman has invested heavily in racehorses along with former teammate Robbie Fowler through their company The Macca and Growler Partnership. Currently, McManaman is a co-commentator on ESPN and BT Sport as well as being an ambassador for La Liga.
Midfielder – Paul Gascoigne – Glasgow Rangers
Perhaps the most enigmatic and charismatic players of his generation, Paul Gascoigne played with his unique flair and skills that literally dazzled the pitch for 19 years, making 388 appearances for 9 clubs in 4 countries.
During this time, Gascoigne won 1 FA Cup, 2 Scottish League titles, 1 Scottish Cup and 1 Scottish League Cup as well as BBC Sports Personality of the year in 1990. In 2002 he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame
Gazza also went on to make 57 appearances for England including scoring one of the best international goals against Scotland in Euro 96. With a career that was blighted by off the pitch controversy Paul Gascoigne retired in 2004, returning from China playing for Gansu Tianma F.C for a brief stint with Boston United.
Since retiring, Paul has spent some time working against his own addictions and in 2017 re-entered rehabilitation to stay alcohol free.
Striker – Teddy Sheringham MBE – Tottenham Hotspur
Ready, Steady, Teddy Sheringham’s professional career spanned a whopping 25 years and saw him make 755 appearances for 10 clubs and score 288 goals, virtually a goal every other game – for 25 years!!
Not surprisingly, he was England’s first choice striker for most of the 1990s and scored 11 goals in 51 appearances.
Sheringham also has the claim to fame of scoring the first ever televised goal of the (then) newly formed Premiership scoring for Nottingham Forest against Liverpool.
After retiring, Sheringham had a brief spell as manager of Stevenage Borough and ATK of the Indian Super League. Moving away from football he has also become a notable figure in the world of Poker finishing 5th in an international tournament of 384 players winning €93,121.
In 2020, Sheringham appeared on the first British series of The Masked Singer, masked as “Tree”.
Striker – Alan Shearer CBE – Blackburn Rovers
One of the most prolific strikers of his generation, Shearer scored a huge 283 goals in 559 appearances for 3 clubs over 18 years working out at more than a goal every 2 games. During his playing career Shearer won the League Title in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers.
In 8 years playing for England, Shearer also amassed a goal every other game with 30 in 63 appearances.
In 2004, he was named in Pele’s list of 100 of the greatest living players and in 2020 was one of the first 2 players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
These days, Shearer is a regular pundit for the BBC appearing on Match of the Day as a match analyst. Also heavily involved in charity work Shearer is an ambassador for the NSPCC and regularly raises money for Sport Relief.