This free kick was played to perfection by England’s Paul Gascoigne and David Platt in the Italia 90 World Cup. Gazza’s kick was taken from too far out for youth players to try and emulate, so this is our version of it. MORE
World Cup moments – Italia 90: Platt scores from Gazza’s free kick
ENGLAND V BELGIUM – WORLD CUP 1990 – DAVID PLATT’S GOAL – 26TH JUNE – BOLOGNA, ITALY.
In the last minute of extra time, England scored the winning goal from a Paul Gascoigne free kick volleyed home by David Platt.
Having come on as a 71st-minute substitute for Steve McMahon, Platt repaid Bobby Robson’s faith when, in the 119th minute of the game, the Aston Villa midfielder scored his very first international goal – swivelling to connect sweetly with a Gascoigne free-kick and sending an absolutely beautiful, hooked volley back across Michel Preud’homme and into the net – to send England through to the quarter-finals against Cameroon.
Platt said: “Don’t get me wrong, the goal wasn’t a fluke. I had an eye for getting on the end of that sort of ball and the technical ability to finish those chances off. I worked hard on practising overhead kicks and volleys in training at Aston Villa but, even so, if I had re-enacted that chance against Belgium 10 times in training the next day there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t have scored once from it. It was just one of life’s rare, perfect moments.”
Now try it with your team: