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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Gascoigne receives 40k

ESPN staff

Paul Gascoigne has received 40,000 from the Football Association and England Footballers' Foundation as he continues his battle against alcoholism.

Gascoigne, 45, was taken into intensive care at the weekend when suffering complications after he was admitted to a clinic in Arizona last week following his latest relapse.

BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who has been friends with Gascoigne for over 15 years, is leading an appeal to raise funds and Club England and the England Footballers' Foundation have donated 20,000 apiece.

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said: "While Paul's problems with alcohol addiction have been well documented over the years, he continues to be one of English football's most iconic and loved players, and one of the most gifted midfielders of his generation.

"He was immensely proud to play for England and we all remember his contribution in helping Sir Bobby Robson's England reach the semi-finals of Italia '90.

"He was also always willing to serve as an ambassador for the FA and English football, supporting the FA's international development work in Botswana in 2006.

"It is only right that the FA shows solidarity with Paul during this difficult time and the current England squad has been quick to support a player who inspired many of them to take up the game. The FA hopes that Gazza can get the assistance he needs in the US and we wish him all the very best over the coming months."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report




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