It’s been over an incredible 20 years since the UEFA Euro cup came to England. 20 years since Paul Gasgcogine scored his wonder goal against Scotland, 20 years since Germany wiped us away with that penalty shootout. So where are the players now? Are some still playing? Are some managing? We look at what England’s starting squad are doing now.
Mr Safe Hands in goal. Euro 1996 was a tournament to remember, the World Cup in 2002 for Seaman was not after being humiliated by Ronaldinho from miles out. Seaman had a long and successful career that saw him retiring in 2004 after playing at a range of clubs. After appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and a small roaching role for the football club Wembley, Seaman has kept rather quiet.
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One of the youngsters at the tournament, Neville has gone on to achieve great success especially with Manchester United. Always busy on the pitch and busy off it too since retiring. He works as an assistant coach for England and helped them in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Also took on a full time senior position as coach of Valencia however after a string of bad results was let go. He is also developing a range of hotels across the UK.
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The captain, the strongman. If he was considered a legend for England, then he is considered god-like for Arsenal. After leaving Arsenal he went on for a managerial career that included stints at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani squad Gabala.
The unfortunate thing in a penalty shootout is that there is always going to be one who misses and in 1996, Southgate picked the short straw. A fine defensive performance throughout the tournament yet didn’t have the decisive strike to keep England in the tournament. Since retiring in 2006, Southgate has gone into the world of management and so far so good. With a role at Middlesborough, he has now gone national and is managing the England U21 squad with a string of impressive results and helping nurture players into the senior squad.
After an incredible 12 years with England, Pearce retired in 1999. After that, a few more seasons domestically but Pearce is now pretty much a fully fledged manager and has taken on numorous teams including Manchester City, Nottingham Forrest and various England teams.
Darren Anderton, although not considered to be the best at the tournament, played his part and provided good performances. It look a long time for him to hangup his boots after Euro 96, eventually retiring in 2008. Not much is known about what Anderton is currently doing however it is said he is in America and Canada where he does analyst work for the major tournaments.
One of the fans favorite, the first black player to coach the England star and an all round world class player. Paul Ince was the complete player, however he is no longer the invincible player he was was. Ince is now 48 years old and after his playing career retirement has managed a number of clubs including Macclesfield Town, Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and most recently Blackpool.
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Quite possibly the star of England’s team and possibly that of the tournament. A complete player who played above and beyond what was expected of him. I don’t even need to mention that goal scored against Scotland. Gascoigne has probably had the toughest retirement since playing. He has suffered from alcoholism and mental illness and unfortunately every time something happened it was blasted on the front pages of the British daily newspapers. A string of managerial appointments and TV appearances, Gascoigne has not yet managed to reach the dizzy heights he achieved as a player. He regularly tweets from his Twitter account.
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Since the tournament, Steve McManaman went on to have a very successful playing career and played at Liverpool and even Real Madrid. He has since gone on to work in Media and worked for a number of companies in many countries around the world including Singapore, the United States and England. He currently works as a sports pundit for ESPN and is covering the current UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
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The top scorer of the tournament and will always be remembered as one of England’s best ever centre forwards. Since retiring as a player, he moved into managing Newcastle United however despite a run of poor form now works on and off as a sports pundit on BBC’s Match of the Day.
It seems incredibly but 12 years after playing in this tournament did Teddy Sherringham finally decide to hang up his boots and call it a day. His list of clubs included West Ham, Colchester United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur among others. Sheringham has tried his luck at coaching and had some success at West Ham but not so much taking full charge of League Two side Stevenage. It now looks like he spends his time enjoying life and playing golf.
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So there we have it, the stars of 96, still one of the best tournaments there ever was.