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Paul Gascoigne and Sir Bobby Robson
Paul Gascoigne said Sir Bobby Robson had supported him through tough times

Football legend Paul Gascoigne has been called up to play for England.

Sir Bobby Robson is reuniting players from the 1990 World Cup squad for a one-off match against West Germany, to raise money for his cancer charity.

The former England manager, who is battling the disease for the fifth time, has helped set up a research unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

The event, which will feature music and TV stars, takes place at Newcastle United's St James' Park in July.

Paul Gascoigne said it would be an "amazing and emotional experience".

"I've always idolised Sir Bobby, he looked after me like a father," he said.

"He's supported me through tough times and it'll be a privilege to play for him again."

Sir Bobby said: "I picked Paul in 1990 because he had an amazing amount of talent. For me, he was easily the finest young player in the country at that time.

"It will be special to see him play once again, so that we can all watch him one more time."

He added: "The thought of re-uniting Paul and many of my 1990 England squad for this match in support of my charity is a great pleasure to me and hopefully this time we'll get the result we want against Germany."



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