Public dignity in the midst of personal despair simply confirmed the impression he had given throughout Euro 96 - that here is a talent for England to build around.
Whose ability to share a joke during the penalty shoot-out between Germany and England put the whole thing in its proper context.
Whose Sky TV will be the real winner if the surge in interest in football is carried through to the domestic season.
Foolish loss of temper when Stuart Pearce offered a helping hand cost him his place in the European Championship final.
Unlistenable-to twaddle after the penalty shoot-out must have caused millions of people to throw things at their TVs.
Decision by French coach to leave out Cantona and Ginola. left him open to savaging from "I told you so" critics.
Despite the victory-out-of-defeat attitude we still lost.