Steven Gerrard: We want to save Gazza

Steven Gerrard is leading a group of England players looking to help Paul Gascoigne in his fight against alcoholism.

Steven Gerrard is a natural leader and he always has been for Liverpool and England. He deserves immense praise for taking it upon himself to head a group of England players who want to offer an England legend support.

News broke earlier this week that Gazza had suffered a relapse in his fight against alcoholism and was back on the booze. His agent said it was getting close to a life or death situation.

Gerrard has revealed that he and a group of other England players have approached the FA as they are willing to provide their full support to Gazza in any way that he needs it over the coming weeks.

“It's something we've already tried to do. We've spoken to the FA and we've made it clear that we're prepared to help if needed,” said Gerrard.

Very few would have been surprised if the England players involved didn’t bother to offer any help to a severely ill individual who clearly needs some quick treatment to sort himself out and prolong his life.

After all, alcoholism is a severe problem and it can make the most gentle and noble of individuals start saying things that they don’t really mean just because they are constantly drunk.

Just how Gerrard and the players involved can help Gazza remains a little unclear because at present it seems like all they can do is offer their emotional support.

This is a nice gesture in itself but in terms of making a difference, it’s all down to Gascoigne over whether he wants to approach the players involved and take the support on offer.

“I think it's a question for Paul now to get the treatment he needs. Words aren't enough - he needs to get some severe treatment. I'm very pleased the players have made that gesture,” added England boss Roy Hodgson.

So that support is in place and the gestures have been made but it’s all down to Gazza because no player is going to physically force him to go into a rehab centre to get himself sorted out.

A return to the days where his former England teammates would babysit him seems very unlikely considering the busy and manic schedules which many professional players now enjoy.

How do you think the group of players can help?

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