Paul Gascoigne’s bizarre pre-match snack revealed by former team-mate Gary Lineker, who laughs ‘only Gazza’


FORMER footie idol Paul Gascoigne used to scoff corn flakes before a game to help him rise and shine on the pitch.

He tucked in to the breakfast cereal as part of his pre-match meal, former team-mate Gary Lineker reveals.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker revealed on Radio 4 that Paul Gascoigne enjoyed corn flakes as a pre-game snackGetty

Gazza, 56, was in his prime and playing for Tottenham at the time in the 1990/91 season.

He steered Spurs to FA Cup glory with a stunning free-kick versus arch rivals Arsenal in a 3-1 semi-final win.

Match of the Day host Lineker, 63, read out a list of their pre-match meals on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

He said: “Paul Allen, roast chicken, Nayim, lasagne, Guoni Bergsson, spaghetti bolognese — as did I apparently.

“Pasta seemed to be the thing back then.

“Paul Gascoigne, lasagne and corn flakes. Only Gazza.”

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Lineker also revealed that his plans to stay healthy in Barcelona were thrown into disarray, explaining: “I went to Barcelona and even on the day of the game you’d sit at tables of four and there would always be a bottle of Rioja on the table and four glasses.”

“Even pre-match you’d drink the whole bottle between you.

“Me and Mark Hughes couldn’t believe it when we first joined.

“We thought ‘this is alright’. 

“I can’t imagine that’s still a thing now – I’d be very surprised.”

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