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Paul Gascoigne

Birth Date: May 27 1967
Birth Place: Gateshead, Newcastle
Birth Nation: England
Height: 178cm
Weight: 80kg
Nationality: British
Position: Midfielder

Full Name: John Paul Gascoigne

Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur

Paul Gascoigne amassed 57 England Caps

Paul Gascoigne joined Newcastle United as an apprentice in 1983 and made his Football League debut for them in 1985

In July 1988 Terry Venables paid Newcastle £2 million for Gascoigne and in September 1988, he made his Spurs debut Shortly after this, Paul made his England debut in the 1-0 victory over Denmark at Wembley and Bobby Robson also includes him in the England squad for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Gascoigne shed tears in the semi finals of Italia '90 because he got himself booked which meant he would miss playing in the final if England beat West Germany but England lost out on penalties. After the World Cup, Paul suddenly attracted worldwide fame.

In May 1992 Lazio pay Spurs £5.5 million for Gazza and he makes his debut for them in September of 1992. Then in July 1995 he moves to Glasgow Rangers for £4.3 million and helps Rangers to gain an eighth SPL title in a row and is also named 'Scottish Player of the Year'

He was called into the England squad for Euro 96 and scores a memorable goal against Scotland. In March 1998, Rangers sell him to Middlesbrough for ?3.45 million and Paul helps Middlesbrough with their promotion to the English Premier League.

But Glenn Hoddle leaves Gascoigne out of the 1998 World

Cup in France due to his late night alcohol binges. In July 2000 Gascoigne moves to Everton on a free transfer but he picks up an injury and has to have a number of operations

In June 2001, he goes to a clinic in Arizona to have alcoholism and depression treatment, and admits that he is an alcoholic. Gascoigne then joins First Division Burnley on a Bosman free in March 2002 but leaves the club in July 2002

He looked for a club to join but failed to gain a deal until in January 2003 he signed for Chinese 2nd Division side, Gansu Tianma, on 1 year deal. His duties involve being a coaching assistant and a consultant to the club's youth academy as well as playing.

In February 2003 Paul scored a hat trick for Gansu Tianma on his debut. He came off the bench for the second half and showed that he has still had ability.

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