Wright recalls cleaning up room Gazza had ‘smashed to bits’ after England snub

Ian Wright has recalled how he had to help former England boss Glenn Hoddle tidy his hotel room after Paul Gascoigne's infamous outburst.

Hoddle left 'Gazza' out of his 22-man squad to go to the World Cup in France in 1998, despite widespread belief that the midfielder would be included.

Gascoigne had joined England's training camp in Spain prior to Hoddle announcing his squad, but was the surprise omission.

Each England player had been summoned to Hoddle's hotel room individually to learn their fate, but Gazza heard a whisper before his meeting that he had not made the cut.

After storming in on Hoddle and being told he would not be going to the tournament, Gazza then trashed the room before leaving, with Wright next in to see his manager.

“I was in next," Wright said on Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast . "I thought Glen was calling me in to tell me that he’s not taking me for some reason but he called me in to tell me that he was and what he wanted me to do.

"I remember when I went in and we were actually talking about me being in the squad while cleaning the room up and fixing the mattress. Me and the gaffer were talking about what he needed from me and Michael [Owen] all the time while we’re tidying the room up – things had been smashed to bits!

"I was embarrassed because I was thinking about how the gaffer had to deal with Gazza going mad in the room. I just naturally went in and started helping tidy stuff up."

It was a bold call from Hoddle to leave out England's talisman from their last appearance at a World Cup, particularly as Gazza had featured throughout their qualifying campaign.

But the Three Lions manager insisted Gazza had not got himself fit enough to compete at international level, despite several warnings.

Addressing the row with Hoddle in his autobiography, Gazza said: "What the f****** hell have you done, you b******. You know what it means to me …"

"Let me explain," replied Hoddle.

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