Paul Gascoigne bravely opens up on “nightmare” of loneliness as he battled addiction

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By Fraser Watson Paul Gascoigne was the England star who once had the world at his feet, but despite enjoying the adulation of football fans his antics off the field left him feeling very much alone. The 56-year-old was considered one of the most gifted players of his generation, capturing the hearts of a nation at Italia 90 with his displays and obvious charisma. And his tears when booked in the semi-final against West Germany, meaning he would have missed the final had Bobby Robson’s team got there, have since gone down in folklore. Gascoigne’s career would prove to be a colourful one, playi…

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