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Lallana still remembers Gazza’s magic – and says beating Scots means as much as ever

Date Posted,June 8, 2017

Adam Lallana still remembers Gazza’s moment of Wembley magic – and insists beating Scotland still means as much as ever.

Liverpool midfielder Lallana was only eight and watching TV when Paul Gascoigne scored his wonder goal against Scotland in Euro 96.

Lallana also believes that England will rise to the occasion at Hampden Park because victory will go a long way to helping them secure qualification for the World Cup.

He said: “Of course it means as much as ever. It’s an historic game. We proved in the fixture at Wembley how much it meant to us. We’ll be looking for another performance like that tomorrow.

“The Gazza moment sticks out in 96. I was eight… It’ll be a great honour to play in these games.

Adam Lallana talks to Gareth Southgate (Photo: REUTERS)

“Going back to Wembley last time in November, it was a big game. There were a big couple of games for England as a team at that stage.

“We want the three points. We feel we’re in a good position at the moment, so we want to capitalise and put the season to bed. I know we have another match against France, but this is by far and away the most important one.”

Lallana also believes that England can help restore some much needed pride and also give England back their identity after last summer’s crushing disappointment of the Euros.

They face Scotland at Hampden Park and then France in Paris next Tuesday and Lallana believes the games can end the season on a high.

Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring England's second goal against Scotland
Gascoigne celebrates scoring (Photo: Bongarts/Getty)

Lallana added: “Last summer was a down moment in a lot of people’s careers, but it’s important we take whatever positives we can from it. We’ve been through that together. We know how it felt.

“We’ve not shied away from the Iceland performance, and we have learned from it. We’re in a good moment at the minute, since the boss has been here… session by session, we’re gaining our identity and where we want to go as a team.

“These next two games are vital to keep pushing towards where we want to go. Qualifying for Russia and achieving something out there.”

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