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Players help pay Gazza's bills

11 February 2013, 15:15

London - A number of leading Premier League players, past and present, are helping to pay for Paul Gascoigne's recovery in a US hospital, after a campaign by English newspaper, The Sun.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Chelsea's John Terry are among those who have contributed to Gascoigne's reported bill of $100 000 after he was rushed to intensive care.

Former England midfield star Gascoigne has battled alcoholism for many years and has reportedly run out of money, with rehab set to cost tens of thousands.

Wilshere, who some observers think could have the same effect on the England team that Gascoigne did in the 1990s, said he paid £5 000 and vowed: "I want to do anything I can.

"He changed football and was an inspirational player. I grew up watching my Dad's videos of Gazza and Italia 90. I want to do anything I can to help him at this challenging time."

Former England captain Terry echoed Wilshere's words, saying: "In Italia 90, Gazza became mine and the nation's hero. His performances and pride made him stand out and I enjoyed watching him play while I was growing up.

"Let's all help one of England's greatest ever players on the road to recovery."

Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have all contributed, as have former England players Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.

The Sun has donated £5 000.

- Sapa


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