The European Championships in France are now 8 days away and so the build up has ramped up considerably. Last night on the BBC, Alan Shearer produced a heart-warming documentary on the time England hosted a European tournament back in 1996.
There were a couple of nuggets of gold that came out of the documentary – some are listed below.
The show can be watched on the iPlayer here.
You’re my man
Alan Shearer hadn’t scored for 2 years prior to Euro 96 but Terry Venables had faith in his number 9 and told him he would start no matter what, there were to be no Marcus Rashford bolters with El Tel.
‘I got to sign a few footballs’
David Baddiel and Frank Skinner were interviewed as part of the documentary and they recalled when they asked Alan Shearer to be in their music video for hit song ‘Three Lions’ but the England striker refused, instead he said he had to sign a few footballs.
Who is Jules Rimet?
Frank Skinner recalled a story where he met David Seaman outside a movie premiere the year after the tournament where Seaman asked who Jules Rimet was, the man that Skinner sang about in the song that had swept the nation – Jules Rimet was of course the name of the World Cup trophy awarded to England in 1996
Paul Ince was number 7
England fans everywhere that remember Euro 96 semi-final where Gareth Southgate stepped up in sudden death after the first 10 penalties from both sides were scored.
The centre-back missed but what baffled the fans was how Southgate was ahead of Paul Ince in the pecking order – turns out the midfielder was to go next.
Fans get really emotional about Euro 96
The reaction online after the documentary aired was somewhat emotional and enjoyable.
Just watched @alanshearer Euro 96 Documentary. Really moving stuff. Tears throughout.
— Daniel Hutchinson (@dhutchwriter) June 2, 2016
20-years-olds watch Euro '96 for the first time & discover Alan Shearer isn't just a "bald guy on the TV" https://t.co/f6uWFBPFTi
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) June 2, 2016
And finally, a bit extreme, Neil!
Just watched Alan Shearer's Euro 96 doc. I'd donate my right arm to go back to then.
— Neil (@TardellisScream) June 2, 2016
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran