Gareth Southgate reveals old Wembley stadium was his favourite to play in, Paul Gascoigne is the best team-mate and Nelson Mandela would be ideal dinner guest

England manager Gareth Southgate was in a nostalgic mood as he revealed his favourite stadium to play in was the old Wembley and that famous win over Holland at Euro 96 was his best memory as an player.

Southgate, who starred for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, represented his country 57 times as a player between 1995 and 2004.

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Southgate in action at Wembley during Euro 96

Alongside Tony Adams in defence, Southgate played every minute for England as they reached the semi final of Euro ’96 and it was his penalty that was saved in the shoot-out defeat to eventual winners Germany.

However, Southgate, who exclusively joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Thursday’s edition of Drivetime, admitted the 4-1 victory over Holland in the group stages was his favourite match to have been a part of.

“Holland in Euro 96 was a great game to play in,” he said when asked what his best memory for England was, before adding: “To manage England to a World Cup semi-final was very special.”

He went on to say the original Wembley, which was demolished in 2000 was his favourite ground to play at.

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Southgate answered questions for talkSPORT
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“Old Wembley, I used to love the walk up the old tunnel and come out like gladiators out of the tunnel, very special, not so great as a fan, I’ve done that as well.

The Three Lions boss also admitted Paul Gascoigne was the most talented team-mate he played alongside, while naming a legendary Brazil duo as the best he has come up against.

“Ronaldo and Romario were a good pair, one of the last times I was in Paris facing them, although the other one (Cristiano Ronaldo) is not bad either,” he said.

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Paul Gascoigne is the best player Southgate has played alongside

When asked which three guests he would have round for dinner, Southgate gave a considerate answer.

“Nelson Mandela would be one. Unfortunately, we went to South Africa (for England in 2003 a match he scored in) and there was a photo opportunity arranged and I didn’t go and that was taken as a snub years ago and that absolutely wasn’t the case.

“You would need some humour so, Eric Morecambe would have been on the list for that and for music, and Bono.”

 

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