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It’s fair to say that England’s best performance at a European Championships took place way back in 1996, when they hosted the tournament.
Terry Venables’ side made it all the way to the semi-finals, where they were defeated by the Germans once again on penalties. It was a tournament full of iconic moments as Alan Shearer won the golden boot with five goals and Paul Gascoigne famously cried after being booked in the semi-final, which would’ve seen him miss the final.
But as we prepare for Euro 2020 a year later than planned, it marks the 25th anniversary of this great squad and its achievements. But where are they all now? Let's take a look back at the 22-man squad and see what they’re up to in 2021.
The former Arsenal stopper was the undisputed England number one during his peak years and that included him playing every minute of this tournament.
Since retiring in 2004, Seaman has featured on reality TV show series Dancing on Ice as well as being a regular between the sticks during Soccer Aid games to raise money for charity. He also served as the goalkeeping coach for Spartan South Midlands League team Wembley during their 2012-13 campaign that was documented as they tried to reach a cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Flowers made his name as part of the Blackburn team that won the Premier League title in 1995, but he was always seen as the understudy to Seaman for the national team earning just 11 caps throughout his career.
Now 54, Flowers has tried his hand at management with little success. He was the goalkeeper coach at former club Leicester before becoming Iain Dowie’s assistant at Coventry in 2007. He became manager of Stafford Rangers before a spell as caretaker at Northampton before spells at Solihull Moors and Macclesfield.
Most recently he was at Barnet earlier this season but left after less than four months in charge, losing 11 of his 12 games in charge.
The long haired goalkeeper spent time at Leicester and Tottenham during his career and earned four international caps but was largely considered as the third keeper during his time with England.
Since retiring from football in 2008 after three years with Bolton where he made just eight appearances, Walker tried his hand at management with Bishops Stortford but it didn’t work out. He then moved to China where he became the goalkeeping coach for Shanghai Shenua, before leaving to join Shanghai SIPG who he was with when they won their first ever league title in 2018.
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Only 21-years-old at the time of this tournament, Neville would go on to have a hugely successful career with Manchester United. He won eight Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies and countless domestic trophies as well as 85 England caps.
After retiring in 2011, Neville had a disastrous spell in charge of Valencia where he was sacked after just 28 games in charge. He is now one of the head pundits on Sky Sports and can be seen regularly alongside Jamie Carragher, as well as being part-owner of League Two side Salford City.
‘Psycho’ was one of the biggest characters of the England squad in those days and made the left-back role his own, earning 78 caps for the Three Lions.
His winning mentality and high standards saw him step into management where he took charge of Manchester City and Nottingham Forest at club level, as well as England’s Under-21’s and even Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic games. These days, he’s back to being an assistant as he is part of David Moyes’ staff at West Ham United.
The man who was the villain of 96 after missing the penalty that saw them crash out, Southgate played every minute of every game during the tournament at centre-back.
The former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender took charge of ‘Boro after his retirement before becoming England Under-21’s boss in 2013 and is now the England senior team manager. Since taking the role in 2016, Southgate has led England to their best tournament since Euro 96 when they reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
‘Mr. Arsenal’ is one of the best English defenders of all-time and that was proven when he played every minute of the tournament for his country at Euro 96. Adams spent his entire playing career at Arsenal, winning a league title in three different decades.
Following his retirement in 2002, Adams has had short managerial spells at Wycome Wanderers, Portsmouth, Gabala in India and Granada in Spain. However, after battling alcoholism during much of his career, he spends his day-to-day running the Sporting Chance Clinic he set up in 2000 for athletes suffering with addiction.
Campbell was just 21 at the time of the tournament but was already brilliant for Tottenham. He went on to join north London rivals Arsenal and enjoy a glittering career, including scoring in the Champions League final.
Since retiring Campbell has held managerial roles at Macclesfield Town and Southend United, but has often been vocal about difficulties finding a job in football management as a black man. He is keen to continue his coaching career and is currently linked with the vacant England Under-21’s role.
Easily forgotten, Howey was one of five England players not to feature for a single minute during the tournament and he never played for England again following it. The centre-back spent most of his career at Newcastle United but also had stints with Man City and Leicester.
Howey’s later career was plagued by injuries and after retiring in 2005, he is now a referees’ assessor in the North East and North West and also coaches with the Premier League’s initiative ‘Premier Skills’ around the world.
Gary’s baby brother also earned himself an England call-up despite being jut 19-years-old for this tournament after winning the league with Manchester United. Neville would earn 59 England caps during his career, playing for Everton after leaving the Old Trafford club in 2005.
Neville moved into coaching after retiring, as part of David Moyes’ staff during his horror-year at Manchester United. He then opted to move into management, taking the role as head coach for the England Women’s team before recently becoming head coach at David Beckham’s new club Inter Miami in the MLS.
It’s often forgotten just how important Paul Ince was to any team he was in and the same could be said for his performances at Euro 96 with England. He represented Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool in a highly successful career where he earned 53 England caps.
After retiring in 2007, Ince has held several management positions including at Premier League side Blackburn where he lasted just 21 games. He was successful at MK Dons though and while his last role was with Blackpool in 2014, he is still a regular pundit on Sky Sports.
A real veteran of the England squad at Euro 96, Platt won his final caps for his country at the tournament before going on to win the Premier League title with Arsenal in 1998 and retiring aged 31.
Having played in Italy during his career, he went back to Serie A to coach with Sampdoria as well as having a brief return with Nottingham Forest as a player-manager between 1999 and 2001. He then spent three years in charge of the England Under-21 side before joining Manchester City as a coach, and now is a consultant for Italian side Palermo.
The superstar of the group, this tournament would prove to be Gazza’s last in an England shirt. Despite being a key man during qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, he was left out of the squad by Glenn Hoddle. He enjoyed a highlight reel of a career at club level, representing the likes of Newcastle, Tottenham, Rangers and Everton but after retiring he struggled with personal problems.
Drug and alcohol addiction saw him enter rehab on several occasions and his problems with drink and mental health are still well documented to this day.
David Beckham before Beckham existed, Darren Anderton was a talented midfielder plagued by injuries throughout his career. He was limited to just 30 England caps but was key during Euro 96, missing only 12 minutes of action in total.
Said injuries saw him retire with Bournemouth in 2009 and after spending 11 years with Tottenham as a player, he is now a club ambassador out in America where he lives with his family.
Nick Barmby is able to say that he scored the first goal of two different England manager tenures, yet only managed 23 caps for the national team. He bagged the first goal under Glenn Hoddle and Sven-Goran Eriksson but struggled with fitness and form throughout his career.
Barmby tried his hand at management with hometown side Hull but was sacked shortly after taking the role and other than a short return to coaching with Scunthorpe in 2019 hasn’t been involved in football since.
A hugely promising career will always be a ‘what if’ for Jamie Redknapp as injuries marred a terrific talent. Redknapp played just 17 times for England because of his fitness issues, but is credited with inspiring England’s win over Scotland at Euro 96 after coming on as a substitute.
Since retiring due to a knee injury in 2005, Redknapp has had a highly successful punditry career with Sky Sports as one of the faces of their broadcasting team and is also a series regular on panel show ‘A League of Their Own’.
One of the brightest young talents to come out of the Liverpool academy during the 90’s, McManaman’s England career never quite lived up to expectation. Despite a successful spell at Liverpool and four trophy-laden years with Real Madrid, McManaman’s England career never really took off and he earned just 31 caps.
Since retiring he has gone on to become one of the regular pundits on BT Sport’s broadcasting team for Premier League and Champions League coverage with in-studio analysis and co-commentary duties too.
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The former Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest midfielder seemed destined for a decent international career until a certain David Beckham’s rise to prominence ousted him from the setup. He earned just nine caps for his country, scoring twice in the build up to Euro 96 under Terry Venables.
After retiring Stone worked with Newcastle as a youth coach and was part of Alan Pardew’s staff for the first-team in 2010 and staying there until 2015. He is now the head coach of Burnley’s Under-23’s team and leading them to a seventh place finish this season in the PL 2.
The greatest goalscorer the Premier League has ever seen, Shearer won the golden boot at Euro 96 with five goals in five games for Venables’ side. He would become England captain following the tournament and led them through the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 before retiring aged just 29.
After a brief stint in management in which he failed to save his beloved Magpies from relegation, Shearer is now a regular pundit for the BBC and appears on Match of the Day as well as part of their team for England internationals.
Ferdinand carved out a phenomenal career for himself in the Premier League as the main man at both Tottenham and Newcastle during his prime years, while his England career never really took off. Despite being in the squad for Euro 96 and being prolific at club level, Ferdinand didn’t play a single minute at the tournament.
Since retiring a brief spell as a coach at Tottenham followed by a stint as a pundit has seen him end up as the Director of Football at Queens Park Rangers since 2015, a role he still holds today.
One of the most underrated strikers in Premier League history, Sheringham had a super career with most notably Tottenham and Manchester United. At Euro 96, Sheringham formed a wonderful partnership with Shearer, scoring twice in the 4-1 win over Netherlands.
Since retiring, Sheringham has tried his hand at coaching the West Ham attack as well as a short managerial stints with Stevenage and ATK in India, but is now a pundit for several broadcasters around Europe.
An absolute goalscoring machine during his younger days at Liverpool before injuries got hold of him, Fowler was brought along to the tournament ahead of Ian Wright rather controversially. He made just two substitute appearances at the tournament and failed to score, making just 26 appearances for the national team.
After retiring as a Brisbane Roar player in Australia, Fowler had a brief spell managing them in the A-League before a short time in Thailand too. He is currently the manager of East Bengal in India and is also a club ambassador for Liverpool.
- Gareth Southgate
- Gary Neville
- Jamie Carragher
- Paul Gascoigne
- England Football Team
- Euro 2020
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