GAZZA’S DEN­TIST’S CHAIR

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“Be­have your­selves,” Eng­land boss Terry Ven­ables tells his squad, who end May’s pre-euro 96 tour with a blowout in Hong Kong to cel­e­brate Paul Gas­coigne’s birth­day. Sam­pling China Jump night­club’s ‘den­tist’s chair’, Gazza & Co. have spir­its poured down their throats, the pic­tures sold to a sali­vat­ing press pack. Two weeks later, hav­ing sur­vived calls to be axed, the Rangers mid­fielder twice dinks a ball over Colin Hendry to cap a 2-0 vic­tory over Scot­land. The chair-re­call­ing cel­e­bra­tion with wa­ter bot­tles comes to de­fine the sum­mer when foot­ball came home.

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