Two goals from Paul Gascoigne as well as further strikes fro
England 4-0 Turkey
1994 World Cup, Group 2 Qualifier
18 November 1992
Two goals from Paul Gascoigne as well as further strikes from Alan Shearer and Stuart Pearce inspire England to a 4-0 win...
For the second successive Wembley occasion, Paul Gascoigne's brilliance inspired England and this time, after the disappointment of drawing 1-1 against Norway, England managed to translate his genius into a convincing victory against the Turks.
Gascoigne scored the first and last goals - his first for England since April 1990 - but his contribution did not end there - it was his subtle touch which released Ian Wright to provide the first real evidence of a blossoming partnership with Alan Shearer. T
he first goal came after just 16 minutes. The Lazio midfielder picked the ball up forty yards from goal and proceeded to jink his way through the entire Turkish defence. After momentarily losing the ball, Gascoigne regained possession and dispatched a calm right-footed finish low past Hayrettin.
The two forwards combined well for Shearer to score after half an hour. England passed their way out of a little trouble deep on the left side and passed the ball out to Gascoigne who in turn fed Wright, running free down the right wing. The Arsenal man controlled the ball well and then sent over a measured left-footed cross which Shearer, diving ahead of his marker, directed powerfully into the bottom corner of the net.
Stuart Pearce, who was captain for the night, added the third 14 minutes after half time. His free-kick, 25 yards out and slightly to the right, was hit well but deflected off the Turkish wall to beat Hayrettin comprehensively. Gascoigne then added the final word on a night that belonged to him. Des Walker, winning his 50th cap, made a rare attacking foray down the left wing. His cross was flicked on by Shearer to the onrushing Gascoigne, who took the ball with his right foot, went past the Turkish keeper, and finished with his left - a glorious goal to round things off.
England: Woods, Dixon, Pearce (c), Palmer, Walker, Adams, Platt, Gascoigne, Shearer, Wright, Ince
Turkey: Hayrettin, Recep, Bulent, Gokhan, Ogun, Orhan, Hami (c), Unal, Mehmet, Oguz, Hakan
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
Player View - Alan Shearer
Shearer, who scored 30 goals for his country, is full of confidence that, despite the issues of the week, the team can go to Iastanbul and get the required result. Here's what he had to say on the biggest England game since the World Cup.
"I don't think the players will let it get to them. I'm sure they'll get together, I'm sure they'll go out there and I'm sure they'll do a good job," he said. "I think the players will be united and I don't think that we'll go out there and get a bad result. I think we'll get a minimum of a point, which will obviously see us go through."