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Paul Gascoigne checks into rehab in US to battle alcoholism

Paul Gascoigne has flown to America to check into rehab.

The former England footballer is seeking treatment for alcohol addiction following his public breakdown at a charity dinner in Northampton last week.

Paul Gascoigne in 2012.

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Paul Gascoigne in 2010.

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His management company GamePlan Solutions said: "Alcoholic Paul Gascoigne has been experiencing a tough time of late.

"He has been asking for help and has willingly been admitted to a treatment centre in America. He has complex issues that are currently being dealt with by professionals.

"Paul has been extremely touched and overwhelmed by the generous offers of help and support over the past few days. He is motivated to fully understand and control his addiction problem under guidance."

Gascoigne received well-wishes from members of the public earlier today after appearing dishevelled while shopping in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Concerns about his health were raised last week when he began shaking and crying on stage at a Northampton Town FC event after drinking several pints of lager.
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