London - Former
England star Paul Gascoigne has gone into rehab to try to "get free of
his demons" and attempt to win his battle with alcohol, his agent said
A statement on the Facebook page of Gascoigne's representatives, A1
Sporting Speakers, confirmed his latest attempt to get professional
This comes just over a week after the 49-year-old suffered a
fractured skull after allegedly being kicked down a staircase in a
Last year he was said to have been left devastated by the death of
his 22-year-old nephew, Jay Kerrigan-Gascoigne, following a long-running
battle with mental health issues.
The statement issued in the name of Terry Baker said: "Paul wants to
let everyone know that he has gone into rehab. We have spent nearly
every day helping him through his annus horribilis since Jay passed
"He is making a serious effort to get free of his demons and trying
to become alcohol-free for 2017. I'm not religious at all but if any of
you are, say a prayer for him."
The former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder, who earned 57 England caps, has battled alcoholism for more than 20 years.
Posting on Twitter after the incident at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch,
Gascoigne said: "Hi everyone I got jumped kicked down the stairs I've
got 15 stitches in my head I've a fractured skull 2 broken fingers 8