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Gary Lineker Gives Sympathy For Paul Gascoigne, Says 'Lots Of People Have Tried To Help Him Over The Years'

22/08/2014 15:16 BST | Updated 22/08/2014 15:59 BST

Gary Lineker has expressed his sympathy for the plight of Paul Gascoigne, following the publication of today's fresh pictures of the former England football star in a desperate, bedraggled state.

But asked if the Football Association or media have a responsibility to look after Gascoigne following his relapse, the 'Match of the Day' presenter replied, "It's got to come from Paul."

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Speaking at the Guardian International Television Festival, Gary Lineker explained, "The Football Association has tried to help him over the years. Lots of people have, Tottenham have, his friends have.

"I wish him well, but... ultimately, it's got to come from Paul."

Football commentator Guy Mowbray added his agreement to Gary's words, saying, "The pictures this morning were desperately sad, really desperate."

Paul Gascoigne Escorted To Ambulance

Paul Gascoigne, who has battled addiction issues for years following his career at the top of the game, was pictured today looking almost unrecognisable outside his home.

The former star was taken by ambulance from outside his Dorset home, as fans of the fallen star sent their sympathies to Paul and his family on Twitter.

Paul Gascoigne Escorted To Ambulance