London, Feb 11: A UK tabloid has appealed to England football stars to contribute funds to save stricken star Paul Gascoigne in the wake of reports that he is facing the possibility of paying a 100,000 pound medical bill.
Alcoholic Gazza, 45, is intensive care in the US and could be in rehab for months.
A star-studded line-up of footballers is rallying round Gazza as he battles his life-threatening demons, The Sun reports.
Last night Arsenal’s Wilshere and Chelsea’s John Terry backed the paper’s call for pals to help cover Gazza’s spiralling U.S. medical expenses.
Wilshere, 21 – dubbed the new Gazza by Wayne Rooney – said: “He changed football and was an inspirational player. I grew up watching my dad’s videos of Gazza and Italia 90. I want to do anything I can to help him at this challenging time.”
Terry, 32, said: “In Italia 90, Gazza became mine and the nation’s hero. His performances and pride made him stand out and I enjoyed watching him play while I was growing up.
“Let’s all help one of England’s greatest ever players on the road to recovery.”
Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard had already chipped in, along with former internationals Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer – and The Sun donated 5,000 pounds.
Former Spurs chairman Lord Sugar dug deep too for the ex-Tottenham, Newcastle and Lazio star.
Gazza is believed to have suffered a terrible reaction to alcohol withdrawal.
Pals say when he leaves he faces months in a 7,500-pound-a-week Arizona clinic but has frittered away almost all of his own cash.
He was sent to America by friends led by Chris Evans after the DJ watched a video on The Sun’s website showing Gazza’s pitiful appearance at a charity bash. (ANI)