Tony Cascarino on fulfilling his dream of playing Liverpool at Anfield, his favourite Republic of Ireland moment and facing Zinedine Zidane


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Tony Cascarino had a playing career many would be envious of.

He spent two decades as a professional playing in England, Scotland and France as well as racking up 88 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

The 57-year-old once formed a formidable partnership with Teddy Sheringham at Millwall where the pair shared 99 goals over three seasons.

Tony Cascarino played 88 times for the Republic of Ireland

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Tony Cascarino played 88 times for the Republic of Ireland

These days he can be regularly heard on talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast (Saturday and Sunday from 6am) as well as on many other shows during the week.

talkSPORT.com decided to ask him about his greatest memories as a player, where he talks about his international highlights, playing at Anfield and facing the great Zinedine Zidane.

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My Greatest: Game – Republic of Ireland vs England, 1990

It was a game at Lansdowne Road, the Aviva in Dublin now, when the Republic of Ireland drew with England 1-1 in 1990. I was a substitute in that game.

Graham Taylor was the manager of England and he had bought me for £1.2million to go to Aston Villa and eight weeks later he took the job with England.

We were losing 1-0 and I came on as a sub to make it 1-1, so that would be the standout game for me.

My Greatest: Atmosphere – Paris Saint-Germain vs Marseille derby

I’ve been lucky. I’ve played in a lot of London derbies. I played in a Rangers vs Celtic game, which was phenomenal.

I would probably go PSG vs Marseille. I was astonished by the hostility, the atmosphere and the occasion. It was extraordinary to be part of.

It was different. Rangers vs Celtic is always very special but there was something very weird and odd about PSG vs Marseille game because it’s a derby separated by nearly 600km. It’s the big game in France.

At that time Marseille were resurgent, it’s a special club that is well supported around the country. That was a really phenomenal experience.

My Greatest: Team-mate – Andy Townsend

I played kids football with him at 11. Played against him in amateur football and then we both made it professionally.

I ended up going to Gillingham and he went to Southampton. We’ve ended up playing together at Chelsea and at Ireland.

We are still close mates today, we chat a lot, he’s really funny and has a great character. He was my captain at both club and country so I shared a lot of great times with Andy.

He was my room-mate with the Republic of Ireland and we had so many funny times both on and off the field.

Andy Townsend and Cascarino played together for club and country

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Andy Townsend and Cascarino played together for club and country

My Greatest: Opposition player – Zinedine Zidane

I played against Zinedine Zidane when he was at Bordeaux. I waxed lyrical to everyone in England about him. It was coming up to Euro 1996 and I said to everyone ‘you have to see this guy who plays for Bordeaux’.

He came and played in the Euros and was quite disappointing but still ended up going to Juventus. I was amazed no English clubs were in for him.

Zinedine Zidane playing for France at Euro 96

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Zinedine Zidane playing for France at Euro 96

I was shocked at how good he was. He was quite tall but still elegant. He was quick but didn’t look quick and had this long stride and the ball seemed like it was on a piece of string.

I will probably say Marco van Basten was up there as well but the way Zidane played football was just easy to him.

I always feel I was very blessed to have been on the opposite team to him.

My Greatest: Goal – Aston Villa vs Millwall, 1988

Probably the goal against England at Lansdowne Road that would be up there.

In club football, the first goal for Millwall in the top flight. I didn’t have many things over Teddy Sheringham. He would outscore me every year and he would always nick the best girlfriends when we used to go out.

It was at Aston Villa in 1988 and I was the first Millwall player to score in the top flight.

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My Greatest: Moment – Playing at Anfield for Millwall in 1988

It’s a weird one this one. I’ve had a couple of promotions but I think, being a Liverpool fan, and playing at Anfield and touching the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign and then hitting the bar at the Kop End.

I was actually quite happy I hit the bar. I think that was my most special moment because it was my dream to play against them.

We (Millwall) drew 1-1 at Anfield so it was a great result as well.

My Greatest: Kit – Aston Villa, 1990/91

I loved the claret and blue and always liked those colours.

We had some real humdingers at Chelsea and at Millwall but that Villa one was up there.

Tony Cascarino was signed by Aston Villa in 1990

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Tony Cascarino was signed by Aston Villa in 1990

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