Former Three Lions midfielder teased Argentine hero who supported opponents Colombia on Tuesday night with hilarious tweet
PAUL GASCOIGNE has taunted Diego Maradona after England reached the World Cup quarter-finals against Colombia, who Maradona was supporting.
There is no love lost between England fans and the former Argentina legend, and Gascoigne delighted Three Lions supporters with the tweet.
Gascoigne, now 51, teased Maradona with the caption ‘Happy Wednesday!’ and signed off ‘Football’s Coming Home!’, responding to a picture of the Argentinian in a Colombia shirt ahead of Tuesday’s last 16 clash.
England and Gascoigne now hold all of the bragging rights however after the penalty shoot-out win, their first EVER in a World Cup, while Maradona was blasted by Fifa for claiming the win was a ‘theft’.
By contrast, Maradona saw his country bomb out against France, ending a stuttering tournament in which they were held by Iceland and thrashed by Croatia.
Maradona had been a controversial figure at the tournament, caught up in a racism scandal against Iceland and needing a medical check-up after appearing to collapse after the win over Nigeria.
And Gascoigne, who won 57 caps for England and reached semi-finals at Italia 90 and Euro 96, was quick to remind Maradona of the two sides’ differing fortunes in Russia.
Gareth Southgate’s current England side can replicate Gascoigne’s achievements from 28 years ago, when they reached the last four for only the second time at a World Cup.
Saturday’s quarter-final against Sweden in Samara comes after England’s only tournament knockout win in 12 years, Tuesday’s shoot-out triumph over Colombia.
Gazza is a cult hero for England fans, and those who follow him on Twitter loved the comeback