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Gary Lineker | “Gazza was playing tennis with German tourists!” | England teammates


I was probably the least skilful player in
the Italia ’90 squad. Blimey. We had some very skilful players in that team: Chris Waddle and people like Peter Beardsley. I will have to go for Gazza. Gazza was the most naturally gifted footballer that I would have played with. He didn’t always use it wisely but he
was certainly the most gifted and he was phenomenal at ’90, that’s for sure. Who never gave the ball away? That’s
usually the kind of safety people that never give the ball away at the back. In terms of
someone who was a good footballer and who never gave the ball away was someone like Chris Waddle. He’d also be very creative and was a brilliant crosser of the ball. He had
a great delivery. The fastest player in that squad would be me! Or Des Walker. Des Walker was pretty quick. I’ll give it to Des. Only because I don’t want to be boastful. That would be Gazza again. Annoyingly at times but he could be very funny. On occasions. Even before we played the World Cup semi-final, he was playing tennis with some German tourists on the court and had to be dragged off by Bobby Robson. He was: yeah. I wouldn’t want to be in it! I hated 5-a-side, never interested. The best 5-a-side team… you would need a mix, wouldn’t you? You would have Shilton is goal and then you would have Butcher because he’s so big you would never get past him. And then, maybe Waddle, Gazza and Beardsley I was pretty good at moaning but then someone like Terry Butcher, you wouldn’t want to lose when Terry was around. He’s a fearfully competitive soul. You’re testing my memory now… oh, Stuart Pearce! You just don’t want to go near Stuart Pearce in training which I never did. Ever. Under any circumstances. I found footballers are particularly punctual because you spend your whole life being told what time you’ve got to be everywhere. So, it’s actually quite rare for a footballer to be late for training.
You would occasionally get that at club level but to be honest, if you reached the top and you’re playing for your national side, you ain’t going to be late. I can’t even recall
anyone being late but it was a long time ago. So, maybe I’m just late in remembering. Definitely not me, I wasn’t the best trainer in the world. Christ… who would work hard? I think most of the players worked hard in training and at the same time, when you’re in a World Cup, you don’t want to do too much either because it’s game after game after game after game in the heat, so it was more about recovery than training hard. So, sometimes players,
like Gazza for example, who would want to keep going, you would have to kind of restrain him. So, I would perhaps say Gazza. Sometimes, not always, obviously!

David Frank

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Mo Ali Posted on October 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Legend Gary. What a legend.

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  2. FHughes2008 Posted on October 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    What's the music?

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  3. Gazwai Posted on October 5, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    legend! Most respectable player England has produced

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  4. L J Posted on October 5, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    How can a footballer not like 5-a- side

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  5. kalunda Posted on October 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    England were overhyped in 1990 the best team in 1990 was the Italian team.

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  6. Robin Hood Posted on October 6, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    TAP IN MERCHANT

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  7. jmcc2k10 Posted on October 6, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    No other footballer has as many great stories as Gazza, phenomenal player

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  8. Anzo Emore SB Posted on October 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Wish England had a character like Gazza now. Loose cannon but on his day, absolutely unplayable!

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  9. gaywest4298 Posted on October 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Shat on England teammates.

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  10. Devon Archer Posted on October 10, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Tell us what the background music is pls

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  11. Kevin Marshall Posted on October 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Waddle, Beardsley, Gazza – but John Barnes was the most skilful of the lot, Gary……..

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  12. baz Posted on October 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Put some more crisps in those packets of walkers Gary.
    Only 8 in my last pack. You want talking about.

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  13. J D Posted on October 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Why is this subtitled into English??

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  14. Elvin Bourne Posted on December 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Weird
    And wild

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  15. Dex Bushell Posted on January 27, 2018 at 12:37 am

    it was Americans he played tennis with 😉

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  16. Football Instagram Stories Posted on February 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    ⚽ Gary Lineker is skillful 👌

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  17. Neb Posted on April 10, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I love hearing stories about Gazza!

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  18. jeff griffin Posted on April 26, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Take a SHIT GARY ON THE PITCH

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  19. AlanBalls shinpad Posted on April 26, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Who cares what Lineker the Saturday night BBC Beige bland has to say ? …you might,…. not me…just saying

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  20. dean hudson Posted on April 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    What is the name of the song??

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  21. Vantheman 12 Posted on May 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Let’s be honest Gary was world class. He was world class was Gary.
    Wish we had him now

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  22. William Clark Posted on May 20, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Chris Waddle is still one of my favourite players to watch live. He was apparently past his best when he joined Wednesday and then was one of the best players in the league that year. Would literally walk past players, let them get up, then walk past them again… without touching the ball.

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  23. Anthony Helm Posted on May 24, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Gazza overrated never won anything and unfunny . Talented but thick and undicsplined .

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  24. Hot Shot Posted on May 27, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Punditry now is less about the game, more how do these ex 00's players hold there own on live TV whilst their bodies rott like the rest of ours.

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  25. -TruthSeekerUK- Posted on June 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    It was American tourists

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  26. Mehza Baresi Posted on June 16, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Gary lineker was an unbelievable striker, huge respect for this legend

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  27. 11ZFELIX Posted on June 29, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Bryan Robson rarely gave the ball away and trained really hard. Lineker is a muppet character

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  28. Mind Trapped Posted on July 6, 2018 at 6:55 am

    The tourists that played tennis with Gazza were yanks

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  29. John Normal Posted on July 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    What is the music in that video?

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  30. cicstommy Posted on August 1, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Gary not snitching on the lateness there 👌 like your style son 😎

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  31. Diego Sanabria Posted on August 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Cool guy! remember him from Italy 1990.

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  32. Jaynufchellens1892 Posted on November 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    So many Geordies

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  33. Steven Howe Posted on December 30, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Lineker is an EU stooge, lost all respect, he's just another EU Parasite.

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  34. MrJohnsmithisgay Posted on April 22, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Gazza was so nice when me and my friend played tennis with him. He signed a tennis ball for each of us!!!

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