Gary Lineker name-checked old friend Paul Gascoigne in an anecdote over his ‘claim to fame’ while reliving his nightmare toilet situation during England’s Italia 90 clash against the Republic of Ireland .
Those strikes marked an impressive return following what he describes at the most embarrassing moment of his career during the opening fixture in Cagliari.
Lineker went in for a tackle during the closing stages and relaxed just a tad too much before realising he had gone to the toilet, following diarrhoea the previous night.
With one Twitter user writing: “What’s your most tenuous claim to fame? My dad’s godfather was Bruce Forsyth’s dentist….”
Lineker replied : “I did a s*** on a football pitch when I was really close to Gazza.”
Lineker said of the incident on the Match of the Day podcast last year: “I’d been ill overnight and it was the opening day of the cup and I’d woken up a few times with diarrhoea, etc.
“I didn’t want to tell Bobby Robson because I thought he might leave me out of the team, and I wanted to play, as always.
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“Anyway the game started and I was alright, then about 20 minutes I started cramping. Somehow I made it through to half-time and I thought I’d be alright.
“We go out the for the second half, we’re ten or 15 minutes in and I’m starting to cramp again and I think, ‘Oh, I’m in trouble here’.
“The ball went left down the Irish left hand side and I ran across and tried to block something. I sort of fell to the ground and relaxed for a second and it just went ‘boom’.
“It was like, ‘Oh my god,’ but it was everywhere. There’s a bit if you ever see the footage, where Gary Stevens comes over and asks what’s wrong.
“And I go, ‘I’ve s*** myself’. I just didn’t know what to do. Thank god I had dark blue shorts on that day. I’m shovelling it out and rubbing myself on the grass like a dog.
“It was amazing how much space I found after that though, I was stinking.”
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