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Gascoigne 'trying so hard' to get well after rehab

Paul Gascoigne on the Daybreak sofa. Photo: ITV/Daybreak

Former Newcastle United footballer Paul Gascoigne said he is feeling good after his latest "horrific" stint at rehab.

Speaking on ITV1's Daybreak programme he said he was looking forward to the future and that he was "trying so hard" to stay sober.

The ex-England player thanked his fans and his celebrity friends for their support:

Seeing the support I had, people are out there caring. Sometimes I feel it's easy for me to get treatment, but this time was horrific.

Asked about comparisons between himself and George Best, he said the difference was he wanted to get well, whilst he thought Best never did.

He said he was struggling and trying his best to recover from his addiction:

God bless George, I was friends with George, but I feel like George didn't want to get well. I want to get well. I'm trying so hard to do it. But then I just have a little relapse and then I go again you know. But then I have to be careful, cos sometimes when I am drunk, people take advantage.

The latest stint in rehab for Gascoigne, who also played for Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur, was organised by Evans and TalkSPORT presenter and former England cricketer Ronnie Irani.

The move came following a charity appearance in Northampton during which the star appeared unwell and shaking, before breaking down and sobbing on stage in front of a room full of fans.

Gazza said he now ready to move forward with his life and repair his relationships, saying:

I went to any lengths to get my drink, I'll go even further to stay sober.