Paul Gascoigne has freely been admitted to an alcohol treatment centre in the United States.

The 45-year old former England, Tottenham, Newcastle United and Lazio star has struggled with alcoholism since his playing days and has taken a turn for the worse recently with his management company releasing a statement on his current situation.

"Alcoholic Paul Gascoigne has been experiencing a tough time of late," the statement read.

"He has been asking for help and has willingly been admitted to a treatment centre in America. He has complex issues that are currently being dealt with by professionals.

"Paul has been extremely touched and overwhelmed by the generous offers of help and support over the past few days.

"He is motivated to fully understand and control his addiction problem under guidance."

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