It is unlikely that Gascoigne ever possessed these magical qualities. He may have been one of the most talented players in his generation, if not the most talented, but this may have told us more about that generation's abilities than anything else. Either way, it is no longer the case. Whatever the reason, Paul Gascoigne was simply not fit enough to play for England. It is obviously a disappointing thing for him, but it is not in any way unfair. This was a choice made on objective criteria. To pretend otherwise only makes it the harder to bear.
Paul Gascoigne made his reputation by crying during a previous World Cup but there is no need for anyone - not even Gascoigne - to cry about Glenn Hoddle's decision.Reuse content