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Gascoigne fined for assault

6 August 2013-AFP

Paul Gascoigne

Pleaded guilty ... Paul Gascoigne (Getty Images)

Troubled former England star Paul Gascoigne has been fined after pleading guilty to common assault and drunk and disorderly behaviour at a railway station.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio midfielder, who has a long history of alcoholism, admitted the two charges at Stevenage Magistrates' Court, north of London.

The 46-year-old was fined £1,000 ($1,719) for the assault and for the second charge.

Police were called to Stevenage railway station at 10:30pm on 4 July and arrested Gascoigne.

Gascoigne's lawyer Gavin Harris told reporters outside court: "Mr Gascoigne wants to publicly apologise for his actions that evening. He now wishes to be left alone to carry on with his recovery."

Gascoigne did not speak as he left court.

Known to fans as 'Gazza', Gascoigne made 57 appearances for England between 1988 and 1998.

Considered one of the most talented English players ever, he is best known for his exploits at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, where he helped England reach the semi-finals.

He started his career at his hometown club Newcastle United, before playing for Spurs, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton before his career wound down.

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