Paul Gascoigne’s career after football has been an incredibly sad tale.
After his illustrious playing career bolted him into the spotlight, the public has watched an alcohol addiction plague Gascoigne’s post-football years.
In an honest interview with Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, the former Tottenham and England star revealed how briefly “passed away” during a spell in rehab.
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Photos emerged recently of the 48-year-old with cuts on his face as he carried a bottle of alcohol.
It was his first relapse in 11 months but, thankfully, ‘Gazza’ appeared healthy in his TV appearance.
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He told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, per the Daily Mail: “People forget that I've been there (in rehab) for Red Bull, I've been there for Calpol - I've been there for no reason sometimes, you know.
“I’ve only really been in rehab really seriously three times for the drink side of it you know.
“The last time I was there for drink was about three years ago, when I passed away apparently - I thought that would be enough, you know.”
He described his relapse as nothing more than a “blip”, and admitted seeing his face all over the newspapers came as a wake-up call.
Alli is the next Gazza
When discussing Gascoigne, it’s so much better to remember what he accomplished on a football field. So good was he that Sir Alex Ferguson recently tipped Tottenham star Dele Alli to follow in Gascoigne’s footsteps.
“He is probably the best young midfielder I have seen in many years. Ferguson said of Alli, per the Press Association’s Paul Hirst. “Probably going back as far as Gascoigne."
The midfielder won 57 caps for England and captured the nation’s heart at the 1990 World Cup in Italy when he started to cry after receiving a booking against West Germany that would have ruled him out of the final.
He played for Newcastle United and Tottenham before going overseas to play for Lazio. Gascoigne returned to British shores to play for Rangers and continued his career in England.
Bet on Arsenal
Gazza won the 1991 FA Cup with Tottenham and has watched his old team mount a serious title challenge this campaign.
Yet he didn’t have much faith in Mauricio Pochettino’s side before the season kicked off.
The topic of conversation on Good Morning Britain quickly turned to football and the title race. Tottenham fans might want to avoid reading what Gascoigne had to say.
“Leicester are incredible,” he quipped. “If you look at the money they’ve spent and how they’ve done.
“But I thought Arsenal would win the league this season, I put money on them - £50!”
A few months ago, Gascoigne would have fancied his chances of making a healthy profit.
Now, he looks quite the fool for ignoring Tottenham and instead favouring their bitter rivals.