Tuesday, August 11, 1998 Published at 00:51 GMT 01:51 UK
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Dropped Gazza 'went mad' says Hoddle
How The Sun is reporting the story
England's football coach Glenn Hoddle has revealed that Paul Gascoigne acted like "a man possessed" when he was dropped from the World Cup squad.
The controversial midfielder repeatedly swore, kicked over a chair and smashed a lamp in the team's Spanish hotel and appeared "half cut" from drinking, says Hoddle.
It is the first time that Hoddle has detailed the stormy meeting between the pair.
But Gascoigne's adviser Mel Stein has criticised Hoddle for deciding to make the details public.
"We have regarded any conversations between us and Glenn Hoddle as private, and we continue to do so," he said.
During the controversy following Gazza's dropping, Hoddle refused to confirm reports of a major row in the hotel.
"He would never take it in. He had snapped. He was ranting, swearing and slurring his words. He was acting like a man possessed."
Hoddle says that he appeared to be dealing with the situation but then flew into a rage and kicked out at a chair with his bare foot.
"He was a different person now. He had snapped," writes Hoddle. "I stood there and he turned as if to go again, then came back with a barrage of abuse."
Those concerns, which focused on the player's mental state as well as match fitness, became serious doubts as Gascoigne failed to cut down on drinking.
Hoddle writes: "Physically he wasn't 100%, mentally he was all over the place."
'He could play again'
Hoddle said: "There are five things he needs to do - stop drinking, get fitter than ever before, change his diet, learn to control his emotions and stay injury-free.
"He needs to look inside himself and ask what he wants, where he is going and how he is going to get there.
"If he doesn't, nobody can help him."