WATCH: Ex-soccer Star Reveals Gaza Strip Paranoia

Paul Gascoigne, whose troubles with alcohol abuse and mental health issues are the subject of a new documentary, says he dreaded hearing reports from the beleaguered coastal territory.

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Former soccer star Paul Gascoigne, the subject of a new documentary which premiered in London this week, has revealed why he hated hearing about the Gaza Strip on the news.

The 48-year-old former player – known universally as Gazza – had a glittering with Newcastle United, Tottenham, Lazio and the England nation team and won a place in English soccer fans' hearts when he wept uncontrollably following his country's elimination from the 1990 World Cup.

Since retiring, however, Gascoigne became more famous for his struggle against alcoholism and his mental health issues than he ever was for his skills with a ball.

Speaking at the premier of a new documentary about his troubled life, Gascoigne revealed that he used to get paranoid hearing the Gaza Strip mentioned on the news because he feared it was another negative news story about him.

"I tell you what was the worst one: the Gaza Strip," Gascoigne said. "You know the term the Gaza Strip, remember that? That was murder for me. I’d be sitting there having a shave and that, and the news would come on ‘And the Gazza...’ and I’d be like ‘What’s that?!’ and I realized it was the Gaza Strip. I couldn’t wait for that to end."