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Gascoigne admitted 'willingly' to US treatment centre

Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been admitted to a treatment centre in the United States.

The alcoholic former Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio and Newcastle United star, 45, has "willingly" been admitted to an un-named centre, his management company said tonight.

The move came after fears for the Italia 90 and Euro 96 legend when he appeared unwell and shaking during a charity appearance in Northampton last week, when he broke down sobbing on stage in front of a room full of fans.

In a statement, GamePlan Solutions said Gazza had been touched by the help and support shown by fans and figures within football over the past few days.

Alcoholic Paul Gascoigne has been experiencing a tough time of late.

He has been asking for help and has willingly been admitted to a treatment centre in America.

He has complex issues that are currently being dealt with by professionals.

Paul has been extremely touched and overwhelmed by the generous offers of help and support over the past few days.

He is motivated to fully understand and control his addiction problem under guidance.

– GamePlan Solutions

Lampard: Gascoigne will always be my hero

England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard says Paul Gascoigne will always be his idol.

Gascoigne's agent Terry Baker said he had been drinking and needs immediate help, suggesting the 45-year-old's life is "always in danger" and fearing that "maybe no-one can save him".

"Whatever anyone says about Paul Gascoigne, he was my hero, and he will always be," Lampard said last night.

"I was lucky enough to be involved in Euro '96 with him as a kid.

"He took me under his wing, and I was completely in awe of his character, how much he was joking around, and, more than that, the quality of the footballer he was."

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Agent: Gascoigne 'needs help immediately'

Gascoigne pictured at Euro '96 after scoring for England against Scotland. Credit: PA

Paul Gascoigne's agent believes the former England midfielder's life is in danger after he started drinking again.

Gascoigne, 45, appeared to be unwell and trembling at a charity appearance in Northampton on Thursday.

His agent Terry Baker told BBC Radio Five: "He won't thank me for saying but he needs to immediately get help.

"Whatever's happened to him in the five or six weeks since I saw him before Christmas, he is not as well as he has been.

"He's been absolutely fine, he really has, and now he isn't. But I think he knows that.

"His life is always in danger because he is an alcoholic. Maybe no-one can save him - I don't know. I really don't know."

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