Football: International door still open for Gascoigne
Wednesday 14 October 1998
Hoddle left Gascoigne out of his squad for the World Cup finals in France, telling the player of the decision in an emotional meeting at La Manga, but the England coach has welcomed the Middlesbrough midfielder's admission that he has an alcohol problem and had admitted himself to a clinic to undergo the difficult and lengthy process of drying out.
"A lot of people have tried to help Paul Gascoigne in the past but this is the first step in him trying to address the situation himself. I think that's a good and positive sign for him," Hoddle said at a news conference yesterday.
"Until he made that step then realistically I always thought it was going to be difficult for the lad to overcome his problems.
"As regards playing for England again, the door has always been left open for Paul Gascoigne if he can regain his top form. Because of the circumstances in which he has found himself he has been making that very difficult to actually achieve."
But the England coach thought that there was now the prospect of things changing. "If he can address his problem he's going to give himself a chance of getting back to his very best form," he said.
The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Latest in Sport
- 1 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world
£80 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Liverpool: **Due to an increase in dema...
£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant EBD , Septemb...
£7 per hour: Randstad Education Cheshire: We are a large and successful recrui...
£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant We are curr...