Gazza thanks Gerrard, Rooney and Wilshire

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Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne has spoken about his alcoholism and his time in rehab and thanked England stars Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshire for contributing to the cost of his stay at the American clinic.

The England legend told talk show host Alan Carr (Chatty Man 10pm Channel 4) that they had saved his life. However, he also said that due to his addictive personality he couldn’t rule out drinking again in the future. The former star’s interview with Carr is previewed in today’s Daily Star.

The 45-year-old was admitted to rehab after a drinking binge left him in a three day coma. He woke up having drunk two litres of gin, six bottles of wine and eight cans of beer.

Many of Gazza’s friends including Gary Lineker, Lord Sugar, Chris Evans and Piers Morgan joined the England trio in paying for the £7,500 a week Cottonwood clinic in Arizona.

Three months without a drink

Gazza has now gone three months without a drink and has been seen playing football with his nephew at the Newcastle United youth academy. His home town club had even talked about offering him a coaching role if he was able to remain sober.

Gazza revealed that he still misses a pint. In a tearful interview he told Carr: “I’ll never say never. I might drink again in the future.

“I don’t plan to, I’ve got to keep my eye on the ball and do the right things. But I’ve got an addictive personality.”

When Gazza was a player he gave over a £1m to people less fortunate than himself. He said: “I’ve had old dears sending me letters saying they don’t have enough money for Christmas dinner so I’ve sent them money.

“If all the Premier League players did that there would be £60m in a fund for people to get well.”