Premier League - Gazza 'facing homelessness' after latest drunken incident

Football legend Paul Gascoigne is back in the headlines for tragic reasons after being taken to hospital in a drunken state.

Premier League - Gazza 'facing homelessness' after latest drunken incident

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Paul Gascogine (The Sun and the Mirror)

Both the Sun and the Mirror have carried front page pictures of the ex-England international looking in a bad way as he was taken away near his current home in Sandbanks, Dorset.

According to the Sun, onlookers called the police soon after an already stumbling Gazza purchased four cans of beer and a bottle of gin.

Eye-witnesses then watched as Gascogine slumped against a wall before an ambulance took him away.

The latest development in the 47-year-old's tragic retirement comes just one day after a seemingly good news story about the former Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers star suggested that he had just signed for a Sunday League club.

However, the latest pictures to emerge of the fallen idol suggest that he is in no condition to play football any time soon.

According to a friend, quoted in the Mirror, Gascogine could also be facing up to homelessness when he is released from hospital.

"It is very sad. But the reality is Paul has been drinking for the past few weeks and once that happens things will only end one way," the unnamed friend told the Mirror.

“Today things came to a head. He has had a lot on his plate as he is in the process of trying to find somewhere to live.

“His landlord had given him 10 days to get out of the flat and it was weighing on his mind. Obviously things became too much for him in the past couple of days and he has turned back to the bottle.”

Gascoigne was back in rehab as recently as last January at a £6,000-a-month clinic in Southampton.

According to the Mirror it was "at least the seventh time" he has spent time in rehab. He was also sectioned five years ago under the Mental Health Act

Last year Gascogine spent more than a month at the clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, during which he was treated in intensive care.

Doctors said it was the worst detox they had ever seen when the shock of giving up alcohol sent his body into seizure.

That spell in rehab came following a charity appearance in Northampton during which the star appeared unwell and was shaking, before breaking down and sobbing on stage in front of a room full of fans.

After that high-profile incident, Gascogine appeared on Alan Carr's chat show to thank stars like Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard who all contributed money to his rehab spell in the States.

However, he also admitted on the show that he could not be sure he had beaten the booze for good.

"Sometimes I think, when am I ever going to learn my lesson?" he said.

"I sometimes think I’ll be all right with one drink, but then I get too excited and when I’m drunk I’m a nightmare.

"I do miss a pint, don’t get me wrong. Who knows, I might drink in the future? Never say never. I don’t want to, and I don’t plan to.”

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