Euro '96 '“ Where are they now
We catch up with the nearly-men of 1996.
After retiring in 2004, Seaman showed an unexpected talent for ice dancing, winning Strictly Ice Dancing and finishing fourth in Dancing on Ice. His more serious pursuits include coaching at Arsenal, corporate speaking and media work, while he is a keen fisherman and golfer.
Pearce went into management following retirement, coaching Manchester City, England Under-21s, the Great Britain Olympic team and, most recently, Nottingham Forest. He was sacked in February 2015 and is currently working as a media pundit. In March, he made his playing debut for Longford AFC, dubbed the worst team in the UK, at the age of 53.
After brief managerial stints with Wycombe and Portsmouth, the former Arsenal defender joined Azerbaijani side Gabala FC in 2010 and has just come to the end of a stint as director of football. He revealed last month he was in talks to become manager of Danish side Brondby.
The man who missed the crucial penalty went on to manage Middlesbrough before joining the Football Association as head of elite development. He was appointed coach of England Under-21s in 2013 and most recently guided his side to victory in the Toulon Tournament.
Another to go into management, with spells at Macclesfield, MK Dons, Blackburn, Notts County and Blackpool. Since leaving Blackpool in 2014, he has been heavily involved in the career of his son Tom and is a familiar face at Tom’s current club Derby.
The third member of the Euro 96 team to coach England Under-21s, Platt also had spells in charge of Sampdoria and Nottingham Forest. He was part of Roberto Mancini’s coaching team at Manchester City between 2010 and 2013 and last year managed Pune City in India.
Anderton finished his career with Bournemouth in 2008 and has since spent his time doing media work and playing golf.
McManaman has mostly worked in the media since retirement and is currently a pundit for BT Sport. He is also an ambassador for UEFA and has a keen interest in horse racing.
The post-retirement struggles of England’s Euro ’96 talisman have been well documented. Aside from a very brief spell as manager of Kettering, Gascoigne has spent the last decade battling addiction and attempting to live a quiet life in Poole.
Shearer has been a high-profile BBC pundit since retiring in 2006, barring an unsuccessful attempt to save Newcastle from relegation in a brief spell as manager in 2009.
Sheringham carried on playing until the age of 42. He joined West Ham’s coaching staff in 2014 and in 2015 took up his first managerial role at Stevenage, who sacked him in February. Sheringham is also a keen poker player.
The man who guided England to the semi-finals 20 years ago now runs a boutique hotel in Spain with his wife Yvette.