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Paul Gascoigne ends training spell with Wolves, future in limbo

posted November 28 @ 11:46, EST

WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) - Paul Gascoigne has given up on his latest bid for a Premier League comeback.

After a six-week training spell with Wolves, the 36-year-old former England star told manager Dave Jones on Friday that he hadn't regained Premier League level and was going home to reconsider his future.

Gascoigne, who hasn't played in England since ending a short spell with First Division side Burnley in July 2002, appeared in several reserve games for Wolves but was hampered by a groin injury.

"Gazza has decided that he will not reach Premiership level at the moment and he has gone away to think about his future," Jones said. "He is fit and he has been a pleasure to deal with since he has been here.

"But he feels that he will not quite cut it at the moment. It was entirely his decision and I respect his honesty."

The former Lazio, Rangers, Newcastle and Tottenham star last played with Gansu Tianma in the Chinese second division.

Gascoigne left China in May following a financial dispute. He had been expected to sign a contract with Al Jazira of the Emirates' first division but the deal fell through

Gascoigne had also been linked with moves to American club DC United, Darlington, Dundee, Exeter and Gillingham, but no deals were ever finalized.

Gascoigne starred in the 1990 World Cup as England reached the semifinals. He also turned in a memorable performance as England reached the semifinals of the Euro 96 championship.

But Gascoigne has also made the news for off-field reasons. He was treated at an alcohol rehabilitation centre in the United States earlier this year and has battled drinking and weight problems for years.

Why not have him come play in the A-league? He certainly has enough left in him to compete in the A-league. It would also be good for marketing the league. I realize that he has an alcohol problem but he has been treated. What do you all think?


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