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Waddle tweets 'I love you' message to troubled Gazza

Ex-England star Chris Waddle has tweeted messages of support to his former teammate Paul Gascoigne.

Gascoigne, who has battled with alcoholism for long periods, was pictured looking frail and gaunt as parademics helped him into an ambulance yesterday.

Waddle sent the affectionate messages to fellow Geordie Gascoigne including a picture of the pair during England's famous World Cup campaign at Italy 1990.

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Redknapp offers Gascoigne coaching role at QPR

Harry Redknapp speaking at a press conference today.

Harry Redknapp has offered an open invitation to Paul Gascoigne to help out with coaching his young players at QPR as he voiced his concern for the former England midfielder's health.

The 47-year-old has a long history of problems with alcohol, and is said to have been taken away by emergency services from his home in Dorset on Thursday. Pictures published on Friday morning showed Gascoigne looking gaunt and almost unrecognisable from his days turning out for the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle.

Since relocating to the South Coast, Gascoigne now lives in close proximity to Redknapp, who revealed he would jump at the chance to give him a way back into the game.

''He is a great lad and it is just sad to see how he is looking at the moment,'' the QPR boss said. '"I saw him about a month ago and I said 'I will pick you up in the mornings Gazza, come training with me. Do a little bit of work with the kids'. I would love it if he would do that. If he wants to do it, I would pick him up every morning at 5:45am at the end of his road and bring him in.

"He could go and do some coaching with the kids. I would love it if he would do that - that is an open invitation to him."

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Gazza's daughter thanks fans for support after setback

Paul Gascoigne's daughter has thanked fans who offered sympathy after shocking photographs showed him looking gaunt and frail as he was helped into an ambulance.

The ex-England footballer, now 47, has a long history of problems with alcohol and was reportedly found slumped outside his home.

Bianca Gascoigne, 27, received messaged of support from fans who remember him fondly from his time at clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers.

John Rae's tweet was one of the ones she retweeted:

Bianca, a model and reality TV star, wrote herself:

Earlier this week it was reported that Gascoigne could return to football after signing for a Sunday league club in Bournemouth.

Gascoigne: Bank account has been 'bled dry' by hackers

Paul Gascoigne has claimed his bank account has been targeted by hackers

Hackers have targets the bank account of troubled former England star Paul Gascoigne, the Sun reports.

Gascoigne, 46, who has been battling alcoholism for years, said the thieves made 23 withdrawals in just two days.

He told the newspaper he had been "bled dry", first claiming he knew who was responsible before admitting he did not understand how it had happened.

The ex-Spurs and Newcastle player, once believed to be worth £14 million, reportedly said between £9,000 and £50,000 had been stolen.

Gazza hopes he will not drink but says 'I'm an alcoholic'

Paul Gascoigne said he hopes he will not drink again, but added, "If it does [happen again] I'm really sorry, I'm an alcoholic".

In the documentary Being Paul Gascoigne, Gazza says: "I'll keep ontrying, I'll try my best until I actually can get this".

"Until then I really don't know if I can ... I really don't know."

Being Paul Gascoigne will be shown on ITV tomorrow night at 9pm

Gazza hopes he does not die from his alcohol addiction

Paul Gascoigne said he hopes he does not die from his alcohol addiction as he has already been "lucky twice".

Gazza told documentary makers: "I hope I don't die through it. Because I won't get any sympathy ... because well he was warned. At least I know if I did pass away through it I wouldn't be in this pain all the time.

Paul Gascoigne pictured celebrating an England goal against Scotland in Euro 96. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

"The pain's like I know probably in the future I am going to drink again. I know in a year's time I am going to have f****** hassle again and you know family worrying and Sheryl worried, the kids worried, nephews worried, friends are worried.

"I just think sometimes, just think f****** hell. Just go away i.e. drink or me go away - and that means a wooden box and six nails ... and I don't know why, I just don't know why I f****** pick up the drink."

Being Paul Gascoigne airs on ITV tomorrow night at 9pm

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Gazza spends £1,000 a year on anti-wrinkle jabs

Paul Gascoigne has revealed he spends £1,000 a year on anti-wrinkle jabs to counteract the ravages of his drinking over the years.

Paul Gascoigne reveals he spends £1,000 a year on anti-wrinkle jabs. Credit: ITV/PA Wire

In the documentary Being Paul Gascoigne, to be shown on ITV tomorrow at 9pm, Gazza also opens up about spending around £60,000 on "James Bond" gadgets, which he says can spot if he is being filmed by hidden cameras.

Gazza says 'addictive personality' led to sweet addiction

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne told the makers of a new ITV documentary that he has "an addictive personality" and revealed he is even addicted to sweets.

Being Paul Gascoigne airs on ITV tomorrow night at 9pm. Credit: ITV/PA Wire

He told them: "With me now if I did have a drink and relapse, it's like becoming tipsy and merry is okay for a couple of days but like the next mouthful I'm so down, I'm so depressed, I cry.

"I do all that because I know inside I'm hurting myself again. I know where I'm heading, a wooden box. Or I'm back in treatment or hospital. Or getting sectioned."

Gazza reveals 'pain' of knowing he might drink again

Paul Gascoigne has described "the pain" of knowing he might start drinking again, even though he recognises it could be the death of him.

A one-off ITV documentary about the former England footballer reveals what happened in Gazza's private life for the three months after his return from a rehab clinic in Arizona where he overheard doctors say he might die.

Paul Gascoigne was following by a film crew for three months. Credit: ITV/PA Wire

The 46-year-old told filmmakers: "I just remember one bit after the third day of being in hospital when he said 'I don't think this guy is going to make it' and I sort of put my head up a little bit and I was like, tubes in my arms and an oxygen tank injecting round my heart and lungs and that.

"I just come forward and I went 'I don't want to die I need to water the plants' and that was it and then I woke up two weeks later."

Being Paul Gascoigne will air on ITV tomorrow at 9pm

Gascoigne's England shirt to be sold at Sir Bobby auction

An England shirt Paul Gascoigne wore ahead of his starring role in the 1990 World Cup will go up for sale in a charity auction in the memory of Sir Bobby Robson.

England's Paul Gascoigne and Sir Bobby Robson hug after beating Cameroon in World Cup 1990. Credit: Ross Kinnaird/EMPICS Sport

England's translator Giacomo Malvermi was handed the number 19 shirt by the midfielder after a 1-1 draw with Tunisia in June 1990.

The form of Sir Bobby's side picked up after that result and a Gascoigne-inspired England went close to claiming a spot in the World Cup final, only to be denied by Germany in the semi-final.

Malvermi, who has donated the shirt to the Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Online Charity Auction, said: "Sir Bobby was a great man and a gentleman of the football world.

"During my time as his translator at Italia '90 I was inspired and overwhelmed by his passion, kindness and above all his great humanity and empathy."

The online auction, which hopes to raise £1 million, will take place next month and will fund cancer research in the North East, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services at two Suffolk Hospitals.

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