London, May 4 (ANI): Former England football star Paul Gascoigne defied doctors to play his first footie match in two years on Sunday.
He played in a friendly despite suffering from an agonizing foot condition.
Gazza, 41, who has been sober for five months, feared he might have to pull out of the fundraiser for cash-strapped Darlington FC after being struck down with "foot drop" last week, reports the Daily Star.
The condition left him struggling to raise his foot and he is set to undergo electrolysis nerve treatment over the next few weeks.
But it did not stop the ex-Newcastle hero turning out for a North East All Star XI at the Northern Echo Darlington Arena. It was the first time Gazza has played since he broke down in a friendly in 2007. (ANI)