England vs Belgium: David Platt reflects on iconic goal in previous World Cup clash
- Published on Jun 27, 2018
- Twenty-eight years ago this week, Platt’s last-gasp volley in extra time against Belgium put Bobby Robson’s team into the quarter-finals of Italia 90 and gave the then Aston Villa midfielder a platform to forge a successful and lucrative career in Italy. There was some irony in the way things panned out for Chadderton-born Platt, who had been discarded as a youngster by Manchester United but ended up becoming something of a goal scoring talisman for his country as a replacement for injured Bryan Robson, dubbed ‘Captain Marvel’ by both United and England. Robson had been injured in the group stages when Platt twice featured as a substitute. He was on the bench again for the last 16 clash with the Belgians in Bologna, the last time the two sides met in a tournament, but his big moment arrived when he was sent on for Steve McMahon in the 71st minute - with the game still goal-less. He has recalled the balmy June night many times: “I can remember little snatches of the game: John Barnes having a volleyed goal harshly disallowed, Belgium hitting the woodwork twice, I can still see Enzo Scifo hitting the post with a tremendous strike from 25 yards.” Related articles England vs Belgium: Our man goes behind the scenes in Russia England vs Belgium: Martinez to drop Hazard and De Bruyne in World Cup GETTYEngland vs Belgium: David Platt celebrates his winner from Italia 90 “I was at the other end of the bench from Bobby Robson and didn’t have much contact with him. Having since been a manager I now know that the emotions he must have been going through were far more intense than mine. “In the last minute of extra-time there was a free-kick in the centre. Gazza [Paul Gascoigne] was on it. I was in the box trying to get a yard or half of space. I was spinning, the ball dropped over my shoulder and I just tried to get something on it. There wasn’t a great deal of power. It was all technique. I saw it going in and fell to my knees. “Everything was intuitive, the way I met and hit the ball and then dropping to my knees. Instinct just took over. I’d never ever dropped to my knees after scoring before, I don’t know why I did. “But when you score a goal like that you just go outside yourself for a bit, everything is surreal. The adrenaline surge is so great it’s as if I really was in a different place, a different world. England team predicted to face Belgium in World Cup Group G clash Wed, June 27, 2018 Express Sport predicts who will start for England when they take on Belgium in their World Cup 2018 Group G clash at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Thursday (7pm) Play slideshow REUTERS 1 of 12 Who will start for England in their World Cup Group G clash with Belgium? There wasn’t a great deal of power. It was all technique. I saw it going in and fell to my knees England hero David Platt “Don’t get me wrong, the goal wasn’t a fluke. I had an eye for getting on the end of that sort of ball and the technical ability to finish those chances off.