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Monday, October 12, 1998 Published at 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK

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Gascoigne in alcohol clinic

The English international footballer, Paul Gascoigne, has been admitted to a specialist drug and alcohol clinic.

The move follows a statement by his manager at the English Premier Division club, Middlesborough, Bryan Robson thathe would do his utmost to help Gascoigne, who is widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers of his generation.

Gascoigne -- aged thirty-one -- was dropped from the England international squad just prior to the World Cup because of his lack of fitness.

He has also had constant media coverage over his drinking, the breakup of his marriage and the death of a close friend.

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