THESE young Southampton footballers spent the entire summer of 1990 attempting to emulate their heroes doing the business in Italy.

The World Cup was in full swing and absolutely everyone wanted to score and set up goals like Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker or David Platt.

Every shot stopper in the land attempted to pull off saves in the mould of England keeper Peter Shilton.

The nation watched with bated breath as the lads made it all the way to the semi final before bowing out to West Germany on penalties in a memorable match.

Can you spot anyone you know in the team pictures from Millbrook School, Itchen College, St George's and Thornhill Schools from our archive and did they ever reach the footballing heights they had hoped for 30 years ago?