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Paul Gascoigne is known for his alcoholism as much as he is for his football career. Gazza was a footballing great, but the pressure became too much for him and he turned to drinking. He spoke to ITV about his battle with boozing and how he hopes to fully recover.
Paul Gascoigne has thanked the celebrities - including Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans and footballer Gary Mabbutt - who helped him during his recent trip to a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona.
The former player said:
Asked about comparisons with the late former Manchester United star George Best, Gascoigne said:
The latest stint in rehab for Gascoigne was organised by Evans 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.
Former Newcastle United footballer Paul Gascoigne has said he wants to get back to reality after the latest "horrific" health scare in his battle with alcohol addiction.
The ex-England player told Daybreak that he was feeling "good" and "quite excited what the future holds - I had a bad time."
The 45-year-old repeated comments made earlier to a newspaper that doctors feared he would die when he needed hospital treatment in the United States recently after going there for detox.
He also said that he was looking forward to getting back to normal life.
Paul Gascoigne has been speaking to Aled and Lorraine on Daybreak about his battle with alcohol and his recent time in a rehabilitation clinic in America.