Devastation and delight: England’s Euros clashes with the Netherlands

Bobby Robson and Terry Venables, both mentors to Gareth Southgate, got very different results in 1988 and 1996

For a few months early in the 21st century, Sir Bobby Robson and Terry Venables kept bumping into each other on north-east football’s social circuit.

Fellow lunch and dinner guests were regaled with wonderful anecdotes as Robson, then managing Newcastle, and Venables, in co-charge of Middlesbrough, reminisced about, among many others things, their respective stints in charge of England.

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