Sainsbury’s, the Official England Supermarket, has been caught unawares, like the rest of the country, by Paul Gascoigne’s failure to make the England World Cup squad.
The supermarket has been left with millions of World Cup medals showing Gazza’s face, which it minted as part of a collection for children who would keep them in an album, dubbed “The Official England Squad Medal Collection”.
Medals were also made of Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Andy Hinchcliffe and Andy Cole, who were not selected to play in the tournament.
But five players in the squad – Rio Ferdinand, Les Ferdinand, Darren Anderton, Robert Lee and Paul Merson – are not represented.
Sainsbury’s must also pull down posters and point-of-sale material in-store featuring Gazza and Cole.
The medals for the axed players will, however, remain in circulation.