Paul Gascoigne says cheers to Canary Wharf fans

CS12195387Paul Gascoigne book s.jpgGazzamania swept Canary Wharf this afternoon as former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne launched his latest book in Jubilee Place mall.

Gascoigne, 44, played for Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough, Everton and Burnley during his career and won 57 England caps - starring in the 1990 World Cup.

His most famous moments are captured in his book Glorious: My World, Football and Me, charting the highs and lows of a turbulent soccer life.

Everyone has a Gazza memory - whether it's the tears during the 1990 World Cup semi-final, scoring a spectacular goal against Scotland at Wembley in Euro 96 or the reckless tackle on Gary Charles during the 1991 FA Cup final that almost ended his career with injury.

CS12195336Paul Gascoigne book s.jpgGascoigne, who has been more famous in recent years for his well-publicised battle with alcohol addiction - spoke exclusively to The Wharf before the signing about why he's waited until now - seven years after retiring - to bring out the book.

He said: "A lot of the fans always asked me when I'd bring a book out about my career. When I'd just finished my career I didn't think it was right to bring a book out on football, because the thoughts and feelings I had about quitting were quite sad, as it is for any footballer when he hangs his boots up.

"I thought the time was right to bring out a book and look back at all my memories. The press say I messed up my career, but read this book and it's far from messed up when you look at the awards I won.

"It's called Glorious because my football career was Glorious. I loved every minute of it. I wouldn't change a thing."

Glorious: My World, Football and Me by Paul Gascoigne is published by Simon & Schuster. It's priced at £17.99.