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FA step-in with Gascoigne donations

The Football Association and England Footballers' Foundation have donated £40,000 to help Paul Gascoigne beat his alcohol addiction, reports BBC Sport. The former England star was admitted to intensive care at the weekend after suffering complications to his treatment.

Psychotherapist Dr John McKeown says Gascoigne is making "good progress".

BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, a close friend of Gascoigne, is leading the appeal for donations, with the FA and EFF donating £20,000 each.

"It is only right that the FA shows solidarity with Paul during this difficult time," Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said.

"The current England squad has been quick to support a player who inspired many of them to take up the game."

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