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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October, 2004, 02:25 GMT 03:25 UK
Gazza's new name strikes it rich
Gascoigne with his number 8 shirt
Gascoigne appeared 57 times for England
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne says he has chosen the new name he wants to be known by.

Gascoigne has told a TV audience he wanted to be called "G8" - a coupling of his initial and his old England shirt number.

It also stands for the grouping of the world's eight wealthiest nations, but Gascoigne said he liked it because "it sounds a bit like great".

Gascoigne wants to change his name to signal a break from his troubled past.

I quite fancy G8 - watch this space
Paul Gascoigne
He announced his preferred new name during an appearance on Sky One's Tim Lovejoy and the Allstars programme.

"I quite fancy G8. Watch this space, because it stands for great as well," he said.

The male members of the audience immediately voiced their approval of the moniker by erupting into a chant of "G8, G8, G8".


Gascoigne, who battled alcoholism before giving up drinking in 2002, said he was "really enjoying life".

"It's a lot better than it was two years ago when I was drinking."

He wants to change his name to acknowledge he has moved on from those times.

On the media attention he has received over the years, the footballer said: "I think they are always going to have a go at us. At the end of the day, I've done nothing wrong to them."

"I just want to be the guy that enjoyed his football and entertained the fans."

Gascoigne resigned as player-manager at Division Two club Boston United earlier this month and last played in the premiership in 2002.

He also played for Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Newcastle, as well as earning 57 caps for England.

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