As a 60-second summary of his career, nothing is more poignant than the 78th minute of the England-Scotland game in Euro 1996. The match, and England's campaign, were on a knife-edge. Gascoigne collected the ball some way outside the Scotland penalty area before unleashing one of the moments of footballing genius. He flicked the ball over the last defender with a deftness that confounded the laws of physics, leaving him for dead, then with his other foot volleyed crisply into the bottom corner. The goal is remembered as one of England's best ever, but the celebration was to become just as notorious: Gazza lay on the ground as his team-mates squirted water into his mouth, in a re-enactment of the "dentist's chair " drinking game which took place during a pre-tournament trip to Hong Kong. You've gotta love him.
Relive it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0NT6aUwN8c