Gascoigne’s tearful visage was one of the iconic images of the 1990 World Cup
Bobby Robson had to console Paul Gascoigne when the midfielder broke down after being booked in the 1990 World Cup semi-finals against Germany which meant that he would miss the finals if England went through. Today, Gazza in a tearful remembrance paid tribute to the manager who gave him his national debut.
“I’m speechless. I’m devastated. Bobby was like my second dad. I was like a son to him.
‘I can’t describe how much he meant to me. I’ve just been crying for three hours, and I’ve come to see my mum and my dad. It’s just unbelievable.
‘He gave me a chance to play in the World Cup. I can’t really talk that much because I just want to cry, that’s all.
‘I love him. And his wife Elsie – I’ll always be there for her. I’m sort of numb.”
Never hold back, Gazza. Never.