Belfast Telegraph

England’s 1990 World Cup squad – where are they now?

It is 28 years since Bobby Robson led the Three Lions to the semi-finals in Italy.

England have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 (Michael Stephens/PA)
England have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 (Michael Stephens/PA)

England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, the first time since 1990 that the Three Lions have made it so far.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at where all of those involved in 1990 are now and what they are doing.

Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson was awarded a knighthood in 2002. (Michael Stephens/PA)

Robson was the first man since Sir Alf Ramsey to take England so far in a World Cup and went on to enjoy a varied managerial career at PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Newcastle. He died in 2009 after a fight with lung cancer.

Peter Shilton

Shilton took part in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. (John Wright/BBC)

England’s first-choice goalkeeper in Italy played on until 1997 and now runs a consultancy business with his wife. He competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2010 and works on the after-dinner speaking circuit.

Chris Woods

Woods worked as Manchester United’s goalkeeping coach under David Moyes. (Martin Rickett/PA)

Woods enjoyed a five-year spell at Sheffield Wednesday and moved into coaching following his retirement in 1998. He worked at Everton and moved to Manchester United alongside David Moyes, he has just left West Ham after the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini.

David Seaman

Seaman enjoyed a successful career at Arsenal after being injured in 1990. (Rui Vieira/PA)

Then at QPR, Seaman was forced to leave the World Cup camp after the first game due to a hand injury. Major honours followed after a move to Arsenal and since retiring in 2004 he has worked as a pundit as well as participating in Strictly Ice Dancing and turning out regularly for the England XI at the Soccer Aid charity match.

Gary Stevens

Voted Everton’s best-ever right-back in a 2007 poll, Stevens now works in Australia as a physiotherapist. After graduating from the University of Salford in Physiotherapy, he worked at Bolton and Chester before moving Down Under.

Stuart Pearce

Pearce worked at West Ham as an assistant manager last season. (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Pearce coached England’s Under-21 side as well as Great Britain’s men’s team at the 2012 Olympics, he was part of Moyes’ coaching team at West Ham last season. He now works as a pundit and is part of the talkSPORT team covering the World Cup in Russia.

Des Walker

Walker played for England during Soccer Aid and came up against the likes of comedian Mike Myers. (Dave Howarth/PA)

Walker played on until 2004 and has worked in a number of minor coaching roles since, as well as a spell working as a lorry driver. He has also represented England at Soccer Aid and his oldest son, Tyler, now plays as a striker for Walker’s former club Forest.

Terry Butcher

Butcher managed Newport County before taking the job as coach of the Philippines earlier this year. (Joe Giddens/PA)

Butcher started his managerial career just months after the World Cup as player/manager at Coventry. He is now the coach of the Philippines and is often heard voicing his footballing opinions on radio and TV.

Paul Parker

Parker (right) won back-to-back league titles at Manchester United. (Malcolm Croft/PA)

Parker went on to win two Premier League titles at Manchester United and – following his retirement – he managed Chelmsford City and Welling United. He now works as a pundit, mostly sports channels based abroad, and has appeared on Sky Sports News on several occasions.

Mark Wright

Wright (left) now appears regularly on LFC TV having played for Liverpool between 1991-1998. (Dave Kendall/PA)

A management career beckoned for Wright following his retirement but he now runs a company which organises charity football events and corporate functions and regularly appears on Liverpool’s in-house television station LFC TV.

Tony Dorigo

Dorigo (right) played for Derby in the twilight of his career, coming up against the likes of England captain David Beckham. (Rui Vieira/PA)

A punditry career followed for Dorigo after his retirement but the Australian-born England international now owns a company which focuses on the use of cryogenics to help athletes recover following competition.

Neil Webb

Neil Webb (right) scored for Forest in the 1989 League Cup final win over Luton. (PA)

Webb managed briefly in non-league football before dropping out of the game. He went on to work in several different jobs, including as a postman, and now works for a transit company.

Bryan Robson

Robson kept West Brom in the Premier League against the odds back in 2005. (Nick Potts/PA)

The England captain at Italia 90, Robson now works as an ambassador for former club Manchester United. He has managed in the Premier League with Middlesbrough and West Brom, while in his last post he was the manager of Thailand.

Chris Waddle

Waddle took charge of Burnley in 1997 but has never returned to management. (PA)

The man who missed the deciding penalty in the shoot-out against Germany, Waddle still enjoyed another 12 years of football. He briefly came out of retirement in 2013 at the age of 52 to play for non-league Hallam but is now a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 5Live’s Premier League coverage.

John Barnes

John Barnes entered the Celebrity Big Brother house earlier this year. (Channel 5)

Barnes managed Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere as well as working as a presenter of football on Channel 5. He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother at the start of 2018 and is often seen at this time of year singing his famous rap from the New Order hit “World in Motion”.

Steve McMahon

McMahon won two Football League trophies during his time as Blackpool boss. (David Jones/PA)

McMahon now has a stellar reputation as a television pundit based largely in Asia after his managerial career ended with a stint as boss of A-League outfit Perth Glory in 2005. Earlier on, he had won two Football League trophies and earned promotion through the Division Three play-offs in 2001.

David Platt

Platt helped Manchester City to the Premier League title as a first-team coach. (Jon Buckle/PA)

Like Pearce, Platt also enjoyed a spell in charge of England’s Under-21s and also went on to work under Roberto Mancini at Manchester City. He took charge of FC Pune City in the Indian Premier League in 2015 and now does occasional punditry work.

Steve Hodge

Steve Hodge now works for BBC Radio Nottingham. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Hodge now works for BBC Radio Nottingham covering matches for his former club Forest and is also on the after-dinner speaking circuit.

Paul Gascoigne

Gascoigne scored a memorable strike against Scotland at Euro 96 (Neil Munns/PA)

The trials and tribulations of ‘Gazza’ have been played out in the public eye ever since his performances in Italy. Plagued by addiction, Gascoigne has been alcohol-free since 2017 and now entertains his fans with a humorous Twitter account.

Trevor Steven

Trevor Steven (left) picked up 36 caps during his England career. (John Giles/PA)

Steven returned to plenty of World Cups as an expert summariser, working for the BBC in 2002 and going on to cover future tournaments for Irish broadcaster RTE.

Peter Beardsley

Beardsley has been working as a coach at Newcastle. (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Beardsley has been working in several different coaching roles at Newcastle but is currently facing allegations of bullying in his position as under-23s coach and took a “period of leave” in January.

Gary Lineker

Lineker presented Match of the Day in his pants after his beloved Leicester won the Premier League. (Guy Levy/BBC)

After retiring, Lineker began working as a pundit on Match of the Day before taking over as the main host in 1999. He also fronts World Cup coverage and BT Sport’s European matches, while producing documentaries through his company Goalhanger films and he still sells crisps for Walkers.

Steve Bull

Bull scored 306 goals during his time as a striker at Wolves. (PA)

Bull played over 550 games for Wolves and the striker now writes a column for the Express & Star newspaper and runs the Steve Bull Foundation which supports disadvantaged people.

Press Association


From Belfast Telegraph