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‘I mean no disrespect but it was like playing Wimbledon’ - Chris Waddle on facing Ireland at Italia '90

Chris Waddle had played under Jack Charlton for Newcastle but knowing how Ireland would play didn't make facing them any easier

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Chris Waddle in a typical battle against Kevin Sheedy during the 1-1 draw in Cagliari in 1990. Photo: Albert Cooper/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Chris Waddle in a typical battle against Kevin Sheedy during the 1-1 draw in Cagliari in 1990. Photo: Albert Cooper/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Chris Waddle in a typical battle against Kevin Sheedy during the 1-1 draw in Cagliari in 1990. Photo: Albert Cooper/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

More than any of his English peers, Chris Waddle knew that a Jack Charlton team was going to be uncompromising.

He'd tried and failed to compromise with the man himself.


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