Le Tissier still has nightmare memories of the moment Glenn Hoddle left him out of the England squad for the 1998 World Cup in France.
He declared: "After that I never really got to the peak of my form again.
"It was a big blow. At the time I didn't realise how big a blow it was."
The Southampton legend was playing the best football of his career and bagged a hat-trick for England B against Russia in April 98.
But while Alan Shearer and Michael Owen went to France and furthered their careers, Le Tiss said he suffered a major slump when Hoddle did not pick him.