Date of birth: May 27, 1967
Gascoigne’s ability to make incisive and unexpected passes helped England reach the semifinals of the 1990 World Cup. He possessed an outstanding technique, exquisite ball control and powerful right-footed shots. He excelled in free kicks, and long and accurate cross-field passes. He played a crucial role in his side’s performances against Belgium and Cameroon. He was reduced to tears when the referee showed him a yellow card in the semifinal against Germany. England lost 3-4 on penalties.