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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 December, 2004, 16:44 GMT
Gazza's dreams go belly up
Paul Gascoigne
Gazza - bored of the dance

Paul Gascoigne has pulled out of a Come Dancing Christmas special, after injuring himself during training.

The former England star was due to appear in an ice-dance version of the BBC show, but seemingly did one practice triple toe-loop too many.

Gazza, 37, who will be replaced by ex-England colleague David Seaman, blamed friend Jimmy 'Five Bellies' Gardner for his back injury.

"The problem is, I've been training with Jimmy Five Bellies as well as my professional partner and we kept arguing over who would be Torvill and who would be Dean," he said.

"In trying to lift him, a terrible accident occurred and I fell crushed to the ice - unlike Jane Torvill, he's 16 stone."

Jimmy 'Five Bellies' Gardner
Jimmy 'Five Bellies' Gardner

Gazza, who quit as Boston's player-coach earlier this year, had been training every day for the competition.

He admitted: "I'm obviously gutted that I'm not going to win Strictly Ice Dancing."

Seaman, 41, joins stars including EastEnders actress Scarlet Johnson and Jessica Taylor from Liberty X.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper said: "I always seem to be stepping in to help Gazza - this isn't the first time."

Gazza changes his name
20 Oct 04 |  Fun and Games
Gascoigne quits Boston
05 Oct 04 |  Boston United

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