Football: Gascoigne discovers that, in Rome, fitness is not built in a day

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On his first day of pre-season training in Rome yesterday, Paul Gascoigne bends the knee under the supervision of the Lazio trainer, Roberto Ferola. He had arrived on Tuesday with an entourage that included his brother Carl and best friend, Jimmy 'Five Bellies' Gardiner, looking distinctly unfit for Serie A action, causing the Italian press to rename him 'Grazza' (Fatty). Gascoigne's first match will be a friendly against his former club, Tottenham, in Rome on 18 August.

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