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Gazza timeline

Paul Gascoigne is one of Britain's most recognisable football icons but his life both on and off the pitch has been turbulent.

BBC Sport takes a look back at the highs and lows from his eventful career and beyond.

13 April 1985: A 17-year-old Paul Gascoigne makes his league debut for Newcastle United as a second-half substitute against Queens Park Rangers.

Paul Gascoigne
'Gazzamania' is born at Italia '90

September 1985: Gascoigne scores his first goal for Newcastle, against Oxford United at St James' Park.

April 1986: The Geordie midfielder picks up his first-ever red card, for hitting Birmingham's Robert Hopkin.

July 1986: Appears on the front cover of the Rothmans Football Yearbook.

April 1988: The 21-year-old wins the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

July 1988: Joins Tottenham for 2.3m, having played 99 games and scored 25 goals for Newcastle.

September 1988: Comes off the bench to make his debut for England at Wembley against Denmark.

April 1989: Scores his first international goal to help England to a 5-0 win over Albania.

June/July 1990: Gascoigne helps England to the World Cup semi-finals. A booking in the match against Germany, who eventually won on penalties, meant the midfielder would have missed the final. Tears follow and "Gazzamania" is born.

December 1990: Football's new superstar wins the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

April 1991: Gascoigne's stunning free-kick helps Tottenham reach the FA Cup final at the expense of north London rivals Arsenal...

May 1991: ...but his reckless tackle on Nottingham Forest's Gary Charles in the opening moments of that match sees Gascoigne stretchered off having ruptured his cruciate ligament.

It is his last match for Spurs having agreed to join Italian side Lazio for 5.5m. The England star played 112 times for Spurs and scored 33 goals.

Gascoigne's 16-month road to recovery is hampered when he damages his knee following an altercation in a nightclub.

September 1992: He finally makes his Serie A debut against Genoa.

November 1992: Scores a last-gasp equaliser against arch-rivals Roma to cement his place in the Lazio fans' hearts.

Paul Gascoigne
Gazza answers his critics at Euro 96 and then reprises the dentist's chair

April 1994: After playing almost a full season for the Rome club, he breaks his leg in training, putting him out of action for a year. His career with the Serie A giants is over - he played 47 times and scored six goals.

June 1995: Gascoigne, now 28, joins Glasgow Rangers for 4.3m.

May 1996: Guides Rangers to their eighth successive Scottish Premier title with some dazzling performances. He is named Scottish Player of the Year.

June 1996: An alcohol-related "dentist-chair" stunt in a Hong Kong bar during England's Euro 96 preparations puts Gascoigne on the front pages of the newspapers back in Britain.

But the now peroxide-blonde midfielder answers his critics with a sublime goal against Scotland at Wembley. England, with Gascoigne prominent, reach the semi-finals but go out to Germany on penalties once more.

In the same month, he marries Sheryl shortly after the birth of their son Regan.

January 1998: Gascoigne is given a severe warning by the Scottish FA after a "playing the flute" mime - a sectarian gesture - in the Old Firm game against Celtic. It is the second time he has been warned for doing this gesture.

March 1998: He joins Middlesbrough for 3.45m after playing 104 games and scoring 39 goals for Rangers. He makes his debut in the League Cup final, which Bryan Robson's men lose. But Boro are promoted to the Premiership in May.

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Gascoigne had a short stint at Burnley
June 1998: England coach Glenn Hoddle does not select Gascoigne for the squad. The official word from the England camp is that he was dropped for "purely football and fitness reasons".

The midfielder was photographed on a night out with radio DJs Chris Evans and Danny Baker prior to the announcement - club manager Bryan Robson believes that picture may have influenced Hoddle's decision.

August 1998: Gascoigne's marriage to Sheryl ends after she is granted a quick divorce. The player left his wife with a black eye and badly bruised face and arm after he attacked her in a drunken rage in Gleneagles, Scotland.

"I consider that Paul's behaviour has affected my health," she wrote in her affidavit to the divorce judge.

October 1998: The 31-year-old is admitted to the Marchwood Priory hospital to receive treatment for stress and drink problems.

February 2000: Gascoigne breaks his arm after an illegal challenge on Aston Villa's George Boateng. He is later banned for three matches and fined 5,000. It proves to be his last game for the club.

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Gascoigne was left out of the 1998 World Cup squad by Hoddle
July 2000: The troubled star's former Rangers boss Walter Smith takes Gascoigne to Everton on a free transfer.

June 2001: Gascoigne admits himself to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Arizona on Smith's insistence.

March 2002: The 34-year-old joins First Division side Burnley, having been unable to secure a first-team place at Goodison Park. He makes six appearances, before leaving in July and goes on to join Chinese B-league side Gansu Tianma.

July 2003: Having began well for the club, scoring two goals in three games, boredom and homesickness set in. The former England star then announces he will not return to the Chinese club until he is paid back-dated wages.

July 2004: Now 37, he joins League Two side Boston United as a player-coach. However, his first news conference is called off after he suffers a bout of food poisoning.

October 2004: Gascoigne quits his position at Boston. "I've left on professional terms. I just think I needed to extend my career on the coaching side," Gascoigne said.

In the same month, he announces that he plans to change his name to G8. "It sounds a bit like great, or it does with my Geordie accent," he said.

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Gascoigne's Kettering days came to a bitter and sudden end

December 2004: Gascoigne spends a week in hospital after being admitted with pneumonia.

June 2005: The now 38-year-old thanks Newcastle and Alan Shearer for helping him in his battle against depression.

October 2005: Gascoigne is named the new boss of Conference North side Kettering. His side win their first game under his management - 1-0 over Droylsden.

5 December 2005: Gascoigne is sacked after just 39 days. He took charge of six games - winning two, drawing two and losing two. Chairman Imraan Ladak cites alcohol as the reason for dismissing the football icon. Gascoigne disputes the claims.

Later that day, he is arrested after an alleged assault on a press photographer outside a hotel in Liverpool.

6 December 2005: Gascoigne is released on bail after being questioned about an alleged assault on a photographer.

February 2007: He agrees to appear in action-horror movie Final Run, with filming set to start in the summer.

May 2007: Undergoes emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer.

February 2008: Gascoigne is arrested in Newcastle and detained under the Mental Health Act.

June 2008: The former England footballer is sectioned under the Mental Health Act following reports that he was acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead.

see also
Gazza sectioned for second time
02 Jun 08 |  England
Gascoigne has emergency surgery
28 May 07 |  Football
Journalist drops Gazza complaint
09 Dec 05 |  Merseyside
Gazza freed after assault inquiry
06 Dec 05 |  Merseyside
Gascoigne receives offers of help
08 Dec 05 |  Football
Kettering sack manager Gascoigne
05 Dec 05 |  Non League
Gascoigne accepts Kettering exit
06 Dec 05 |  Non League

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