Paul Gascoigne is in hospital, having been admitted just a few hours after the Sunday League team Abbey announced he had signed for them in what was set to an electrifying comeback.
The former Newcastle United and England Star was found slumped next to his rented apartment; the emergency services were called to the flat in Sandbanks in Dorset and both the police and paramedics attended the scene. Mr Gascoigne was taken to nearby Poole Hospital for treatment.
Friends of the footballing legend have reportedly claimed Mr Gascoigne, who was capped 57 times by England, is being evicted from the £3m apartment due to complaints received about noise from neighbouring apartments and also alleged that Gazza “had turned back to the bottle.”
A spokesman for 47 year-old Mr Gascoigne said he had been made aware of the situation and South West Ambulance Service were able to confirm that they had attended a patient in the area on Thursday afternoon.
This latest drama happened on the same day that it was announced the former Newcastle United star had signed for Sunday League team Abbey, having been persuaded to sign by the manager Chris Foster. Mr Foster, who is a taxi driver for Poole Radio Cabs, said: “I have picked him up a few times and spoken to him about signing for us. Although he laughed it off, he didn’t say no. I dropped him off at his flat a couple of weeks ago and he asked me to go to the shop to get him some cigarettes. When I got back, I was invited in and we had a good chat about various things.
“I gave him the cigarettes and pulled out the signing-on form at the same time. He signed it there and then. I was chuffed to bits and ran to the car as fast as I could. I was skipping like a 14-year-old. I texted some of the other lads and told them I had a real scoop of a signing.”
When Gascoigne, who last played professional football in 2004, playing for Boston United in League Two, will make his Abbey debut is not yet known. Mr Foster said: “If he feels he is fit enough to play, he can play wherever he likes – and that includes in goal.
“I have said I will put a fixture sheet through his door and have offered to pick him up whenever he is willing to come. I don’t know what his availability will be. My ambition is to get him there for every game. He might play every game or he might play one. It would be an honour to have him involved.”