Gascoigne seriously ill

Associated Press

London, January 2:

Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne is seriously ill in hospital with pneumonia, it was reported on Sunday. Gascoigne, 37, is being treated at a hospital in north-east England after collapsing at his home. “Paul began feeling very unwell two or three days ago,” Gascoigne’s agent Alex Armitage was quoted as saying in the News of the World newspaper. “It’s definitely pneumonia and it’s bloody bad. “We feared he had a collapsed lung but that’s now been ruled out. They’re testing for other problems though. It’s serious. It’s a possibility he’s got 101 things wrong with him.” In October, Gascoigne quit his job as player-manager of Boston Utd after two months in charge. Gascoigne did not officially retire but, given his unsettled playing career since he left Everton in 2002, he’s unlikely to continue.

Gascoigne won 57 England caps, playing at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96. He played for Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio, Glasgow Rangers, Middlesbrough, Everton and China’s Gansu Tianma during a career which was blighted by injury and alcoholism.