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I'm an ex-Scotland star… Gazza gave me his Euro 96 shirt then ran away

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WHEN Stuart McCall tunes into the Euros, he will  remember a famous TV interview about Gazza and a funny tale featuring his beloved Corrie.

The former Scotland midfielder, 59, started all their games at the tournaments in 1992 and 1996 but they failed to get out of the group stages both times.

Paul Gascoigne is best remembered in the 2-0 win over Scotland for his 'Dentist's Chair' celebration but Stuart McCall recalls the day for another reason

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Paul Gascoigne is best remembered in the 2-0 win over Scotland for his ‘Dentist’s Chair’ celebration but Stuart McCall recalls the day for another reasonCredit: Getty
McCall, seen taking on Germany's Stefan Effenberg at the Euros in 1992, also took part in the tournament four years later

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McCall, seen taking on Germany’s Stefan Effenberg at the Euros in 1992, also took part in the tournament four years laterCredit: Getty

And one of his clearest memories is a battle with England legend and then Rangers team-mate Paul Gascoigne, in the 2-0 defeat at Wembley 28 years ago.

McCall said: “Me and Gazza changed next to each other at Rangers for nearly three years and I’d done an interview on TV the night before the game.

“I said my little girl wanted a 3-3 draw, with me to get a hat-trick and Gazza to get a hat-trick.

“As I walked to the dressing room at half-time, I heard this rapping of studs on concrete.

“It was Gazza and I’d not spoken to him before or during the game.

“He gave me his shirt and said, ‘That’s for your little girl’, and then he carried on running.

“He’d seen the interview, I’d not even asked for it.

“So I stuffed the shirt into my bag and didn’t say anything to anyone.”

The ex-Rangers midfielder won 40 caps for the Tartan Army

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The ex-Rangers midfielder won 40 caps for the Tartan ArmyCredit: Rex

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McCall roomed with midfielder John Collins on international duty — and it led to a TV clash.

He explained: “We’d watch TV in our room and every time the adverts came on, John’d do press-ups and sit-ups.

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“I got a bit fed up with it and – even though  Coronation Street was my favourite programme – I made sure we watched the BBC all night so he couldn’t do exercises.  He was a machine!”

McCall was also No 2 to Gordon Strachan between 2013-17 and    worked with several of the stars who current Scotland boss Steve Clarke will take to  Germany this month.

And he is sure they can achieve success he was denied in the 1990s.

McCall added: “We are not in the greatest run of form but these guys have a chance to go the step further than any  Scottish player has done.

“There’ll be thousands of Scots there and there’s an opportunity to go far.

“Steve and the players will look back on the last Euros as a missed opportunity but now they have another chance  to make history – and they can do it.”

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Harry Maguire

“The decision on Harry [Maguire] is totally about his physical condition and his recovery from the injury. There is no other reason as he is one of our strongest centre-backs.

“Harry has made some progress, but it’s been complicated and we wouldn’t have had him in the group stages. There were too many hurdles to get through without being clear where we might get to.

“Knowing we haven’t got a clean bill of health across the rest of the backline, we need players who are fit and ready to go from the start.

“It was a really difficult call, you know how I feel about Harry, what he’s done for England and for me as a manager. “

Jack Grealish

“I have just delivered a really difficult conversation to a lad who is devastated.

“I think the world of him as a kid.“It certainly doesn’t get any easier.

“You put yourself in the shoes of a player, a parent. You understand that for these players this is a devastating moment.

“We knew we had a couple of really difficult days coming up.”

James Maddison

“Madders [Maddison] and Jack [Grealish] would have provided us with something different as well and they’ve been tough calls.

“They’re calls we’ve gone over and over and over as a group of staff to try to be fair and to try to use the right rationale.

“We back our decisions but we recognise we could have gone a different route. The boys are big characters, fabulous team-mates and great boys to work with.

“It’s sad to have to deliver that news to them.”

Jarrad Branthwaite

“It’s a bit early for Jarrad [Branthwaite]. He has had a fabulous season, it was good to get him on the pitch the other night.

“But of course, in an ideal world, you’d like that balance of left-footers. For him to be in ahead of the others, I don’t think it would have been the right call at this stage.”

Jarell Quansah

“Jarell Quansah has stayed with us. He’s not had the experience of an England international at Wembley. It’ll be great for him to be us for the game.

“Hopefully we’re not needing to call anyone else in.”

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