Paul Gascoigne has been active on Twitter over the past couple of weeks and, all things considered, he’s looking pretty well.
The beloved former England international has been through hell since his football career finished in the early 2000s; his battle with alcoholism a regular story on the front pages of the country’s tabloid newspapers.
Gazza hasn’t worked in football since being fired as the manager of Kettering Town back in 2005, which is a huge shame when you consider the immense talent he possessed as a player.
The Gateshead-born midfielder was genuinely world class at his peak and was unfortunate not to win a major tournament with England.
He almost inspired the Three Lions to glory at the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy - his tears in the semi-finals against Germany one of the iconic images of English football - while he also helped his national team reach the semis of the 1996 European Championships.
Gazza's England XI
Gascoigne still loves football - although he admits he misses not being able to play the game - and keeps up to date with the England.
His former teammate, Gareth Southgate, is now the man in charge of the national team - and Gazza posted a tweet with the XI he would like to see take on Scotland on Friday night.
“My team posh man Gareth he'll like that ha xx,” the 49-year-old tweeted, before moving on to his team.
“My team HART
WALKER CAHILL JONES ROSE
WILTSHIRE BARKLEY CARRICK LLANA
As for the subs bench, well, you can see why he’s not working as a manager…
“Subs GAZZA GAZZA GAZZA GAZZA GAZZA GAZZA GAZZA GAZZA ⚽️🎼⚽️xx”
Some people weren't happy with Gazza's XI
Not everyone agreed with Gazza’s England XI, though. Check out these replies…
England are top of their World Cup qualifying group
England currently sit top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group, having secured seven points from their first three matches under the management of two different head coaches.
Sam Allardyce helped England win their opening qualifier against Slovakia in September but was sacked shortly afterwards.
Southgate stepped in and sealed a 2-0 win over Malta last month, as well as a 0-0 draw in Slovenia.
The former defender is now expected to be handed the job on a full-time basis.
What should England’s first-choice XI be? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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