Former Man City defender reveals hilarious thing Paul Gascoigne did during England vs Brazil

Paul Gascoigne pictured during his England daysPaul Gascoigne pictured during his England days
Paul Gascoigne pictured during his England days | Hulton Archive

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Former Newcastle United star Paul Gascoigne attended England vs Brazil alongside former international teammates to commemorate Terry Venables' passing

Micah Richards burst out laughing when revealing Paul Gascoigne kept calling him Miguel before England’s friendly against Brazil.

Geordie icon Gascoigne was invited to Wembley alongside Euro 96 teammates for a special dinner to commemorate Terry Venables' passing last year. England’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil was their first fixture since the former manager died following a long illness.

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Ex-Newcastle United star Gascoigne played under Venables for club and country, with Tottenham Hotspur luring him from Tyneside in 1988. The deal infamously involved snubbing Sir Alex Ferguson, with Spurs promising to buy the Dunston native’s parents a home and sister a sunbed.

Euro 96 would captivate the nation eight years later, with an ageing Gascoigne, then playing for Rangers, starring throughout. His goal against Scotland went down in Three Lions folklore but fans were left wondering what might have been when reflecting on the semi-final with Germany.

Had the ex-Toon prodigy been an inch taller, he could have stabbed home a golden goal in extra time to book England a spot in the final. Fast forward to the present and a healthy Gascoigne reunited with teammates to reminisce about the “glory” days, in honour of Venables.

Also in attendance was former Manchester City defender Richards, who had a hilarious interaction with the England all-time great. He told The Rest Is Football podcast: “You know what Gazza said to me? He looks brilliant and he sounds back to his very best. He comes up to me and, first of all, he calls me Miguel. So I’m buzzing he sort of knows who I am.

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“Anyway, he comes over to me and goes, ‘When I first started watching Match of the Day I thought who the **** is this Miguel on the telly?’ I thought to myself ‘This guy knows his stuff’.

“He said ‘well done’ and ‘good on you’. What a brilliant guy he is. It was the first time I’d met him properly and had a conversation. I could understand, for you guys (Shearer and Lineker), it must have just been amazing.”

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