The apotheosis of Paul Gascoigne, when he bestrode the field, set up three goals, and scored a magnificent fourth against the Czechs, was one more episode on the long, depressing history of England teams and brilliant individuals.
left like a thief in the night, slipping out of Italy via Rome airport in the
early hours of April 2, 1991. For once, Diego Armando Maradona's return to his
native Buenos Aires was not accompanied by a blaze of publicity.