English footballer who played for Newcastle United 1985–87, Tottenham Hotspur 1988–91, Lazio, Italy 1992–95, Glasgow Rangers 1995–97, and then joined Middlesbrough until July 2000, when he joined Everton. He finished his career with brief spells at Burnley, Gansu Tianma, and Boston. An attacking midfield player with superb passing and dribbling skills, he was the best player of his generation in England but his talent was dissipated by a wayward lifestyle and a fragile temperament. He made his full England debut in September 1988 and won 57 caps.
International appearances (1988–98) 57 (10 goals)
English FA Cup 1991
Scottish League Championship 1996, 1997
Scottish FA Cup 1996
Scottish League Cup 1997
Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year 1988
Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year 1996
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1990
He became a national hero after the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy, as much as for his tearful response to receiving a booking in the semi-final against West Germany (which would have ruled him out of the final had England won the match), as for his brilliant performances in England's midfield. Applauded by the British media at the time, his subsequent career was beset by controversy both on and off the field. He helped Tottenham win the FA Cup in 1991 but he sustained a serious injury in the final after a reckless tackle on an opponent which put him out of the game for a year. He then endured three unhappy seasons in Italy with Lazio when he was again hampered by injuries before reviving his career at Glasgow Rangers. He helped England to reach the semi-finals of the European Championships in 1996. He moved to Middlesbrough in March 1998 but three months later was excluded by England manager Glenn Hoddle from England's final squad of 22 players for the World Cup finals in France, with Hoddle later admitting that it was Gascoigne's mental state as much as his physical condition that was decisive in his exclusion. Following his retirement from football, Gascoigne was treated several times for alcohol addiction and mental illness.
Gascoigne, Paul John