Terry Venables asked Stuart Pearce "are you sure" before England ace’s Spain pen

Stuart Pearce redeemed his Italia '90 penalty miss at Euro 1996 – but that wouldn't have been the case if he had not stood up to Terry Venables.

The former England left-back infamously saw his spot-kick saved as West Germany progressed to the World Cup final in 1990. So six years later when the quarter-final of the Euros against Spain had gone the distance, Pearce wasn't top of Venables' list of takers.

However, the man dubbed Psycho wasn't having any of it – as he explained on the Quickly Kevin, Will He Score? podcast – despite his boss' evident doubts.

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Pearce said: “We got to the end of extra-time, we all come together in the centre circle and I went over to Terry and I thought, ‘if I leave this to chance he’s not going to pick me to take a penalty because of my history’. I just said to him, ‘I’ll take the third penalty’.

“He looked at me and went, ‘are you f***ing sure?' I went, 'yeah, I think I am. I was before you said that'.

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“You get to penalties and think, listen, there’s no way I’m going to stand on the halfway line and let a team-mate go up that has not got a recognised penalty-taking record. It’s just not right.”

Of course, Pearce smashed the ball into the bottom right corner, before letting out raw passion in his iconic celebration. “It was just an emotion. When I look back now I think, bloody hell, what’s going on there," he continued.

“When I walked up to take that penalty I could feel the nervousness in the crowd. Everyone to a person was more nervous than I was, which is nice because you know they’re with you.

“It was as though, ‘what choice have I got? I’ve got to take a penalty because I’m one of the better penalty takers, so get on with it’.

“That cleared a ghost of the past if you like. It wasn’t thought out, but maybe it did.”

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