Monte Fresco, the Daily Mirror photographer who captured the iconic image of Vinnie Jones grabbing Paul Gascoigne's testicles, has died, aged 77.

Fresco joined the Mirror in 1958 and covered seven football World Cups, including England's 1966 final triumph at Wembley.

Awarded an MBE in 1995 for his services to photography, Fresco was described as "one of the finest photographers of his generation".

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Jones literally gets to grips with Gascougne


“Monte was a Daily Mirror legend," the paper's editor-in-chief Lloyd Embley said. "Monte covered sport for this paper for more than 30 years and provided our readers with some of the great iconic photos of the 20th century.

"He was one of the finest photographers of his generation."

Of all the stunning snapshots Fresco took, Jones getting to grips with Gascoigne is arguably the most vivid.

Taken during a 1988 FA Cup tie at St James's Park, Gascoigne later admitted he was intimidated by the ferocious Jones, as Wimbledon beat Newcastle 3-1 en route to their shock triumph that year.

Fresco leaves a wife, Sheila, and four sons Adam, Matthew, Jonathan and Harry.