5 May 2009

Gascoigne says the rest of his life will be a battle

12:09 pm on 5 May 2009

The England football star Paul Gascoigne says he'll spend the rest of his life trying to deal with his personal problems after playing his first match for more than three years at the weekend.

The 41-year-old former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder took part in a charity match.

Gascoigne has undergone treatment for alcoholism, bulimia and obsessive compulsive disorder and has been been involved in a highly public marriage break-up.

Last year he was sectioned under Britain's Mental Health Act but said after the match his problems were never going to be behind him as every street corner has a pub on it and there are drugs available on every street corner.