Winning start for England
Football: Belgium U-21 0 England U-21 1
Saturday 25 May 1996
Glenn Hoddle, who replaces Terry Venables as England coach after the Euro 96, was in France to see the match and he witnessed a goal that he would have been proud to have scored.
Slade, called up as late replacement for Kevin Gallen, picked up the ball in the 36th minute and ran 40 yards before releasing it to Manchester United's Terry Cooke. When Cooke's cross came in Slade found himself with his back towards goal under pressure from two Belgium defenders.
But he flicked the ball over the first advancing defender, slipped the ball past the second and cooly beat the goalkeeper.
If Slade took the glory it was Manchester United's David Beckham who was the inspiration. His passing was a constant threat and he also popped up in his own penalty box to halt one of Belgium's few threats.
Dave Sexton, the England Under-21 coach said: "I thought Slade scored a terrific goal but our midfield ran and controlled the game. I was especially pleased for David Beckham. He has played for Manchester United all season and has won the League and Cup with them.
"He could have quite easily not made the trip but he was out there grafting with the rest of us and he was a fine example."
Latest in Sport
Sheffield United vs Tottenham match report: Christian Eriksen breaks hearts after Che Adams had brought Blades back from the brink
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Australian Open 2015: Serena Williams vs Madison Keys match preview
Tottenham player ratings: Christian Eriksen? Harry Kane? Who was the star man at Bramall Lane?
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: Our exclusive client in St Albans Hertfords...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: Key Stage 2 Teachers needed in Hertfordshir...
£55000 - £58000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A truly exciting opportunity has ari...
£25000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Credit Controller - Londo...