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Paul Gascoigne
GAZZA
Personal information
Full name Paul John Gascoigne
Date of birth 27 May 1967 (1967-05-27) (age 52)
Place of birth    Gateshead, England England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
1980–1985 England Newcastle United
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1985–1988
1988–1992
1992–1995
1995–1998
1998–2000
2000–2002
2002
2003
2004
Total
England Newcastle United
England Tottenham Hotspur
Flag of Italy Lazio
Scotland Rangers
England Middlesbrough
England Everton
England Burnley
Flag of the People's Republic of China Gansu Tianma
England Boston United
092 0(21)
092 0(19)
043 00(6)
074 0(30)
041 00(4)
032 00(1)
0000(0)
0000(2)
0000(0)
388 0(83)   
National team
1987–1988
1989
1988–1998
England England U21
England England B
England England
012 00(5)
0000(1)
057 0(10)
Teams managed
2005 England Kettering Town

Paul John Gascoigne (born 27 May 1967) is a former England international footballer and football manager. He is also known by his nickname, Gazza. He earned 57 caps during his England career and has been described by the National Football Museum as "the most naturally gifted English midfielder of his generation".

Born and raised in Gateshead, the midfielder signed schoolboy terms with Newcastle United, before turning professional with the top tier (pre-Premier League creation) club in 1985. Three years later he was sold on to Tottenham Hotspur for a £2.2 million fee. He won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991, before he was sold to Italian club Lazio for £5.5 million the following year. In July 1995, he was transferred to Rangers for £4.3 million, and helped the club to two league titles and two trophies. He returned to England in a £3.4 million move to Middlesbrough in March 1998. He made his debut in the Premier League in the 1998–99 season, having already featured in the 1998 Football League Cup Final. He switched to Everton in July 2000, and later had spells with Burnley, Gansu Tianma (China), and Boston United.

He was part of the England squad that reached fourth place in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was reduced to tears after receiving a yellow card in the semi-final with West Germany, which meant he would have been suspended for the final itself had England won the game. He also helped the team to the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1996, scoring a goal against Scotland which was described as one of the best of the tournament.

After retiring from professional football, his life became dominated by his mental and emotional problems, particularly his alcoholism. His personal struggles have received regular coverage in the British press, especially since leaving professional football. He has attempted to live without alcohol on numerous occasions, though rehabilitation programmes have provided only temporary relief. His problems ended his coaching career, and he has not worked in football since being fired as the manager of Kettering Town in 2005.

External links

Template:Kettering Town F.C. managers

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England – 1990 FIFA World Cup

1. Shilton 2. Stevens 3. Pearce 4. Webb 5. Walker 6. Butcher 7. Robson 8. Waddle 9. Beardsley 10. Lineker 11. Barnes 12. Parker 13. Woods 14. Wright 15. Dorigo 16. McMahon 17. Platt 18. Hodge 19. Gascoigne 20. Steven 21. Bull 22. Beasant

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England – UEFA Euro 1996

1. Seaman 2. G. Neville 3. Pearce 4. Ince 5. Adams 6. Southgate 7. Platt 8. Gascoigne 9. Shearer 10. Sheringham 11. Anderton 12. Howey 13. Flowers 14. Barmby 15. Redknapp 16. Campbell 17. McManaman 18. Ferdinand 19. P. Neville 20. Stone 21. Fowler 22. Walker

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