Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne started his playing career with Newcastle United after being turned down by Ipswich, Middlesbrough and Southampton. He played his first team game in 1985 and made 92 appearances for them over 3 years scoring 21 goals.

It was while at Newcastle that he got his first call up to the England squad from manager Bobby Robson in 1988 he soon secured a place and was part of the 1990 World Cup squad.

During his time in the England squad Gazza became renowned for drinking and excessive behaviour and the "Dentist's Chair" incident where he was photographed in a chair having drink poured down his throat by Teddy Sherringham only went against him.

After his playing career had ended Gazza became a TV soccer pundit appearing on ITV's coverage of the 2002 World Cup. He went briefly into management and lasted just one month in 2005 with Kettering Town before being fired.

A day after this sacking he was charged with assault on a press photographer, these charges were dropped but his downwards slide into depression and self confessed alcoholism continued however in 2009 he attended the Tony Adams "Sporting Chance" rehabilitation centre and his announced he his now clean of drink and drugs. . His claims however appear to have been somewhat short-lived as in February 2010 he was charged with drunk driving.

International Career

Team Years Appearances Goals Goals to Game Ratio
England U21 1987 - 1988 13 5 0.38
England B 1989 4 1 0.25
England 1988 - 1998 57 10 0.18
Total 117 16 0.27