est Ham coach Stuart Pearce says Germany’s players taught him about humility after he missed a penalty in their famous World Cup semifinal shootout defeat in 1990.
The England icon was in tears after his spot kick was saved during England’s shoot out defeat in the semi final of Italia 90.
Called to do a drugs test after the game, the defender said the unnamed Germans, who had been celebrating moments earlier, simply sat silently and respectfully.
Stuart, now 59, said their refusal to celebrate during his despair made him a better person.
Speaking on the Running on Emotion podcast, he said: “We sat there in total silence, I sat there with my head bowed, they did as well. They did not say a word to each other.
“I didn’t realise at the time, because you’re hurting so much.
“And it sent a great lesson out to me, after the event, of how humble they were.”