London, Feb 10: Manchester United and England star, Wayne Rooney, has sent an emotional message of support to his tormented boyhood hero Paul Gascoigne.
Wayne sent out his best wishes to the fallen England star, who began his latest battle to beat the booze. He is praying that Gazza can overcome his alcohol addiction in rehab in Arizona, reports the Daily Mirror.
Wayne said Gazza, 45, was his idol when he was growing up in the Eighties. He said Gazza was his hero and he used to dream of being like his idol.
Wayne said it is extremely sad for everyone to see what’s happening to Gazza.
The bloated football legend – hooked on a mix of valium and strong lager – fears he will die if he does not quit boozing.
Gazza signed for the Merseyside club in 2000 for his final two seasons in the Premier League.
Wayne said he got to train with him when he was around 14 or 15 years old. To see the stuff he could do with a ball was brilliant, he said.
Wayne, who scored for England in the 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley last week, wonders whether Gazza’s life might have been different if he had signed for Man United instead of Tottenham in 1988.
Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him – and had cracked down on the booze culture at the club. And many feel that his hardline stance on drinking would have helped -Gascoigne to become one of the greats. (ANI)