England veteran Trevor Steven was part of the England team who were knocked out by Argentina at the 1986 World Cup. Now 57, Steven was on the pitch for both Maradona’s quarter-final goals: the infamous handball incident and his second, a sensational dribble and finish past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. Capped 36 times by England, Steven enjoyed huge success at club level for Everton and Glasgow Rangers. He spoke to EDGAR about that memorable Maradona match in 1986.
What was Maradona’s status before the 1986 World Cup?
He was the best player in the world at that time. He was a phenomenon, a living legend who was completely different to anybody else playing at that time. He was a master. Maradona was still quite young at that tournament [he was 25] but everybody knew about him and his impact on football was already incredible.