Paul Gascoigne ‘signs up for Italian version of I’m a Celebrity’

Former Tottenham and England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has reportedly signed up for the Italian version of 'I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!'.

The 53-year-old is understood to have undergone a number of mental and physical tests before joining the contestants of Isola de Famosi – Island of the Famous.

Gascoigne spent a three-season spell with Rome-based club Lazio between 1992 and 1995 and shone as the Three Lions finished fourth at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

He is set to link up with his fellow participants in Honduras, Central America, with filming set to begin on 11 March and continue for two months.

That's according to The Sun , which adds Gascoigne's participation in Isola de Famosi has been welcomed by Mediaset – the television firm owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

A source told the newspaper: "Getting Gascoigne has been hard work but will be worth it.

"He’s such a character. He is the biggest star of the show. He passed all his tests while in isolation in Italy.

"No issues were uncovered so he’ll fly to Honduras with the others next weekend.

"The fact communication may be an issue will all add to the reality of being stranded on a desert island."

Each contestant will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Honduras for two weeks. The report adds UK officials let Gascoigne participate as it is a work-related venture and he is not travelling to countries on the red list.

Gascoigne – who won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991 and later won four honours during a three-season spell with Rangers – put pen to paper on Friday, and he remains hugely popular in Italy thanks to his time at Lazio.

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