Former English star Paul Gascoigne.
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Superstar English ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne was taken into intensive care after becoming ill while undergoing an alcohol detox programme.
Gascoigne, who played 57 matches for England, was in Arizona, USA to begin rehabilitation for an alcohol addiction, according to reports. He fell ill and was rushed to hospital.
Ex-England star Gary Lineker, who played alongside Gascoigne, DJ Chris Evans and actor James Corden all chipped in to pay for Gascoigne's rehabilitation, understood to be $50,000 over two months.
Lineker voiced concerns for his friend's welfare on Twitter, posting: "Gazza is struggling, Let's hope he can hang on in there. Others have generously offered help. #GetwellGazza."
England manager Roy Hodgson says skipper Steven Gerrard and fellow England players have also stated to the FA their desire to help Gascoigne.
"Many of them looked up to him as the star player of the day, and I can only back that up," Hodgson said, according to The Daily Mail.
The 45-year-old is reportedly in a stable condition, but whether he will return to rehab is unclear.