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Squad No. 8
Position: Midfield Paul Gascoigne

Height: 5ft 10in

Birthplace: Gateshead

Date Of Birth: May 27, 1967

Date Signed: March 1998

Transfer Fee: £3,450,000

Previous Clubs: Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio (Ita), Glasgow Rangers (Sco)

International Honours: 50+ England Full, B, Under-21

Honours: FA Cup 1991, Scottish Player of the Year, Scottish Championship 1996, 1997.

In One Word World-Class

The most famous and talented English player of his generation, beer-guzzling, kebab-noshing, fake breast-wearing, ciggy-smoking Gazza really needs no introduction. Gazza made his debut for Boro at Wembley in the 1998 Coca Cola Cup Final, the scene of his infamous knee injury in the 1991 F.A. Cup final. Since his Newcastle debut in 1985, Paul has always played in quality sides, although his only English medal so far is the FA Cup Winners' medal he earned at Tottenham, although even then he is perhaps remembered more for his disgraceful tackle which saw him out of the game for the whole of the 1991/92 season with cruciate ligament damage, rather than the superb free-kick he scored against David Seaman in the semi-finals to win Spurs through. Brilliant on his day but strugles with fitness and discipline, Gazza is looking to make a massive impact on his return to the Premiership after the disappointment of missing out on England's World Cup campaign. A star of both the Italia '90 World Cup finals and Euro '96, Gazza was sensationally omitted from the final squad for the France '98 World Cup over fitness and temperament fears. A brilliant player who can win a match with a moment of footballing genius.

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