PAUL Gascoigne has sent a message of thanks to supporters after being admitted to a rehab clinic in the US.
The 45-year-old also thanked friends - including DJ Chris Evans, presenter and former team-mate Gary Lineker and ex-cricketer Ronnie Irani - who contributed to his £6,000-a-week treatment costs in the States.
Gascoigne had been sober for 18 months until his appearance at a charity function in Northampton, where he was seen trembling and slurring his words, suggested he had relapsed.
The Providence Project, a treatment centre based in Bournemouth where the ex-Rangers midfielder lived, tweeted a message of thanks on his behalf.
“Thank you for all your support in helping Paul Gascoigne. He is truly grateful. Big thank you to @RonnieIrani1 for helping it happen.”
A statement posted on the rehab centre’s website confirmed Gascoigne’s trip across the Atlantic for rehab treatment.
“We are pleased to announce that, with the help of friends, and the support from The Providence Projects, Paul Gascoigne has checked into rehab in Arizona.
“Paul was originally treated at The Providence Projects in 2010 and had made great progress in his recovery.
“He maintained sobriety for 18 months but recently relapsed and unfortunately both his physical and mental health deteriorated very quickly.”