Gazza: Hoddle was right to axe me from France 98
Published 23:00 22/08/10 By Ken Reynolds
Paul Gascoigne has admitted that Glenn Hoddle was RIGHT to drop him from England’s World Cup squad in France 98.
Gazza reacted to the then-England coach’s controversial decision by trashing his hotel room.
In the furore that followed, Hoddle came under fire, but Gascoigne now admits: “ I had a situation with my ex-wife so credit to Hoddle.
“Even though I had my rows with him, he probably made the right decision.”
The former Newcastle and Spurs star, in an interview with Sky Sports News, said England’s 2010 squad also hit trouble before they set out for South Africa.
He said: “I thought our squad was going to be OK this time, but we had outside problems with John Terry.
“Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand were injured and Wayne Rooney might have been carrying a slight injury, so it didn’t look good from the start.
“I don’t know Fabio Capello that well and I know he’s a good manager, but I don’t know if the players mixed that well.
“In 1990 we played tennis, table tennis – we had a laugh and joke. We sneaked out now and again, maybe that’s not the right thing to do now.
“We all made friends and I was just interested in enjoying as much of it as I could while I was a young kid.
I thought, right, I’m going to play in this tournament like I was seven or eight years of age.
“I went along and enjoyed it, there was no pressure on me and I had players around me like Chris Waddle, Bryan Robson, Peter Beardsley to help me settle in really well.”
Gazza’s 1990 campaign famously ended in tears in the dramatic semi-final shoot-out defeat by Germany.
He said: “The tears weren’t to get the public on my side, I’d like to think that my football did that. I am just a genuine guy.”