Gascoigne was approached by the Norwegian NRK network at Bisham Abbey on Saturday, and asked if he would care to send a message to Norway. 'Yes,' he replied. 'Fuck off, Norway'.
Lawrie McMenemy, England's assistant manager, witnessed the exchange, and stepped in immediately. Clipping Gascoigne around the ear, as if he were a naughty child, he said: 'That's a silly remark. He didn't mean it.'
The Norwegian interviewer, Thor Eggen, was placated by the offer of a proper interview with Gascoigne, but the insult was broadcast by NRK last night, and was the headline in the Norwegian Sunday newspaper, Dagsbladet.
McMenemy said: 'Paul did say those words, but there was no malice.' Disciplinary action by the Football Association is possible, but deemed unlikely.