Paul Gascoigne has revealed he finds it hard to watch football games as he wishes it was ‘him on the pitch.’
The 54-year-old former England star, who represented the national football team from 1988 to 1998, was capped 57 times and scored 10 goals, told the Mirror he said he hadn’t been to any of the Euro 2020 games in person.
He said: ‘I don’t think I will get to any games. I watch it on TV, but I don’t like to really. I miss football so much I find it hard to watch. I want it to be me out on the pitch.’
Candid: Paul Gascoigne has revealed he finds it hard to watch football games as he wishes it was ‘him on the pitch’
Despite finding it tough to watch England play, Paul admitted that he thought manager Gareth Southgate is doing a ‘fantastic’ job and that he looks the part on the touchline.
Commenting on England’s most dangerous opposition in the tournament, Paul pinpointed France, Portugal and Italy, but said that on their day, England could beat all of them.
The star also spoke about his time on the Italian version of I’m A Celebrity, saying that having no cigarettes or coffee and having to hunt for your own food was difficult.
Back in the day: The 54-year-old former England star was speaking to the Mirror when he said he hadn’t been to any of the Euro 2020 games in person (pictured in 1996 with Teddy Sheringham)
He also said that he was able to get by with his limited Italian on the show, but was more capable in understanding what others were saying to him rather than speaking himself.
Reflecting on his time on the show, Paul said: ‘It was very tough, but it was good for me and I’m glad I did it. Now I want to do the Australian one!’
Speaking about what he missed the most while in the jungle, Paul said he missed watching shows on Netflix.
When asked what other shows he would consider appearing on, Paul said: ‘I would like to do SAS: Who Dares Wins or a Bear Grylls show, but I need to get my shoulder and hip sorted out. I slipped and broke my neck doing Strictly Ice Dancing [a Strictly Christmas special in 2004]. I have screws in my neck now. I’m falling to bits!’
He said: ‘I don’t think I will get to any games. I watch it on TV, but I don’t like to really. I miss football so much I find it hard to watch. I want it to be me out on the pitch’
Paul also revealed he feels the healthiest he ever has and aims to work on his fitness when his shoulder heals.
The former footballer had a glittering playing career, appearing 445 times for club and country and bagging 93 goals.
His career saw him playing for clubs such as Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers, among others.
But his England career came to a close before the 1998 World Cup after manager Glenn Hoddle did not pick him in his final squad following the publication of images showing him eating a kebab late at night.
Tears at Italia ’90: The former footballer had a glittering playing career, appearing 445 times for club and country and bagging 93 goals (pictured 1990 during the World Cup semi-final against West Germany)
‘Gazza’ has struggled with alcohol addiction throughout his life, having first been checked into a mental health facility in 1998 by his then-manager Bryan Robson.
He returned to the centre multiple times, including after retiring from football as he attempted to combat his addiction.
Paul’s interview comes after he revealed he would love Danny Dyer to play him in a movie about his life.
The football legend said in an interview with The Sun last month that there are talks about a ‘big movie’ being made about his life following his stint on Italy’s version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Outta Here.
Top pick: Paul revealed last month that he’d like Danny Dyer to play him in a movie about his life
Reflecting on who would be a good pick, he claimed the EastEnders actor, 43, would be the best man to take on the lead role, saying he thinks Danny would make a ‘great Gazza’.
Teasing the project, the former Tottenham Hotspur ace said: ‘There are plans for a big movie about my life.
‘I would like Danny Dyer to play me. The bloke out of EastEnders would be a great Gazza.’
According to reports, the biopic would depict Paul’s childhood, from being raised in a house council in Gateshead, to his addictions later in life with both alcohol and cocaine.
Geezer to Gazza: The former Tottenham Hotspur ace said there are ‘plans’ to make a biopic about his like and he reckons Danny would be the best man to take on the lead role