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Paul Gascoigne up for 'I'm a Celebrity': "I'd be there like a shot"

Paul Gascoigne has revealed that he is interested in appearing in I'm a Celebrity... Ge Me Out of Here!

The former footballer - who recently completed a rehab stint in the US for addiction to alcohol - said he was offered a spot on the ITV show a few years ago.

Paul Gascoigne in 2012.

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"They asked a while back, but I wasn't right and said no," Gascoigne told The Sun.

"When sober, I'm up for anything, but when drinking, I don't want to do anything. I won't say what they offered, as other celebrities would complain they weren't given as much. But it was a lot.

"I've no problem eating insects, and now I'd be there like a shot."

Gascoigne also revealed that he has discussed a survival TV show with friend and fellow footballer Vinnie Jones.

Paul Gascoigne in 2010.

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Paul Gascoigne

Vinnie Jones at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards


Vinnie Jones

"Vinnie asked if I want to go on to an island with just him, a gun and fishing rod," he explained. "It would be good, but I'm not sure about letting him have a gun. He was bad enough when he grabbed my b*llocks, let alone a shotgun.

"It would be just me and him. I said I don't mind that, Vinnie, but it won't be like f**king Brokeback Mountain. He told me to f**k off."

Looking to rebuild his life following his latest stint in rehab, Gasgoigne added that he would also be up for presenting his own chat show.

Paul Gascoigne in 2010.

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"I'm ready for anything. It's coming up to a month sober. It's a start and I'll look for new challenges. I don't need to do this because I need the fame or money. It's that I'll enjoy the challenge," he said.

"It's about staying sensible, keeping motivated, enjoying support from my family and attending AA. If I look after myself, I'll be okay. I might have another drink in me, but I don't know if I've got another recovery."

Gascoigne's former wife Sheryl Gascoigne was a contestant on the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity, while his daughter Bianca auditioned for The X Factor last year.

He recently stated that alcohol nearly killed him this year, while he has admitted to an addiction to Calpol.
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