Gazza faces no booze or fags for 10 weeks on gruelling I’m A Celeb Italy

Paul Gascoigne faces going without booze, fags and his mobile for 10 weeks on a gruelling Italian version of I’m A Celebrity.

The England legend, 53, is due to be dropped from a helicopter into waters off the jungle of Honduras on Monday.

Gazza, a cult hero with Lazio fans in Italy, will have already have quarantined for 10 days in central America before joining Island of the Famous.

Contestants are only allowed to take two pairs swimming trunks, two pairs of underwear, a toothbrush, a comb or hairbrush and a pillow.

A source said: “Gazza knew it was going to be tough before he went in there.

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Footballing legend Paul Gascoigne pictured aged 53-years-old
Footballing legend Paul Gascoigne is taking on a new challenge aged 53

But it really is going to be a test if he stays for the duration.”

L’Isola dei Famosi is based on UK endurance show Survivor.

Celebs, who also include fashion heiress Drusilla Gucci, have to catch fish to supplement meagre provisions of coconut and rice.

Gazza, who turned up at the 2010 armed police stand off with killer Raoul Moat carrying a fishing rod, may be in his element.

Contestants on the UK show 'Survivor'
Contestants on the UK show ‘Survivor’

To win more food, the crew have to pass physical challenges.

The prize is often a huge plate of spaghetti.

The former Newcastle, Spurs and Rangers star looked fit when he recorded a video message for his old club Lazio this week.

He calls himself “Gascoigni” and shows off the language skills he learned during his 1992-1995 stint in Rome.

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He told Italian magazine TV Sorrisi e Canzone: “If I win, I will give the prize money to a charity founded by my family in memory of my nephew.”

That was a reference to Jay Kerrigan, who tragically died aged 22 in 2016.

Jay’s mum, Paul’s sister Anna, spent years supporting Gazza in his battles with alcoholism.

Paul Gascoigne of Lazio in action during a game in Rome, Italy
Gazze played for Lazio in his time

A spokesman for the show said that Gazza “really wants to leave his mark on the island”.

Gazza still drinks despite having pellets sewn into his stomach to curb his desire for alcohol.

He spent £20,000 travelling to Australia for the surgery in 2018.

He said: “The pellets make you feel sick.

“You can have a beer or a glass of wine, but you cannot have any more.”

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