Paul John Gascoigne (born 27 May 1967), commonly referred to as Gazza, is a retired English professional footballer.
Playing in the position of midfield, Gascoigne's career included spells at Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough, Everton and Gansu Tianma, where he scored at least a goal for each of these clubs. He was capped 57 times for the England national football team.
Gascoigne was born in the Dunston area of Gateshead, England, the second of four children of John Gascoigne (a hod carrier) and his wife Carol.
Gascoigne started playing football at the age of four, playing almost non-stop in the street and nearby park. He played for his school Brighton Avenue Primary School, Gateshead team from the age of eight, and later played for the local Redheugh Boys' Club despite being under the minimum age. He later attended Breckenbeds Junior High School (which closed in September 1996) then the Heathfield Senior High School (also closed in September 1996), both in the Low Fell area of Gateshead.
He caught the attention of the football scouts while playing for Gateshead Boys, and was given a trial at Ipswich Town although he failed to impress. Further...