Nivea For Men’s recent advert has British football fans wondering how three of the most beloved players from England’s 1996 Euro squad, David Seaman, Les Ferdinand and Paul Ince, have panned out since the classic tournament took place 16 years ago.
After the Euro 1996 tournament, goalkeeper David Seaman continued to be a significant player at international and club level. Seaman was the starting ‘keeper for the England in the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup. Seaman also continued on as Arsenal’s number one ‘keeper until 2003 when he was released by the club and signed with Manchester City. A recurring shoulder injury forced Seaman to retire from football in 2004.
Les Ferdinand’s legacy as one of the Premier League’s greatest goal scorers was cemented after Euro 1996. During the 1996-1997 season, Ferdinand scored 21 goals in 40 appearances and continued to be a dynamic striker until his retirement in 2006. Ferdinand is currently the joint fifth highest scorer of all time in the Premier League with 149 goals. Ferdinand was also a member of England’s 1998 World Cup squad, but was unable to play due to injury.
Paul Ince became an important midfielder for several teams after playing for England during Euro 1996. Ince spent time with Inter, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton, Swindon Town and Macclesfield Town. Ince retired from football in 2007 but he became the first black Briton to manage a team in the Premier League when he became the manager for Blackburn in 2008.
Seaman, Ferdinand and Ince are three of the most successful English footballers on the club and international level in recent memory. For their fans, this advert brings back memories of their successes on and off the pitch…