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Alan Shearer
Gender Male
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc The best to ever do it Shearer’s record 260 Premier League goals may never be matched. A relentless scorer of all types of goals he made his name and won his only trophy as a Blackburn player but it is his time at Newcastle, where he broke Jackie Milburn’s scoring mark over 10 years of devoted service to his hometown club, that he is most fondly remembered for. Blessed with every conceivable asset you could want from a No 9, born in a different era Shearer would’ve easily been a £100m player

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Newcastle United

1998 06 30 Retrieve

[WORLD CUP ‘98: Owen Lets His Boots Do The Talking] Frankly. Owen brings a pace that nobody else, myself included, can bring

2001 04 30s Retrieve

[Alan Shearer on Paulo Wanchope] Paulo Wanchope is totally unpredictable - but you know what you’re going to get when you buy him

2009 12 04 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer hails the England’s World Cup draw] We said beforehand I don’t think we will be too worried about the USA. I think Mr Capello will be sat there in his seat in South Africa and inside will be absolutely delighted. I don’t think anyone can say anything else with that group. USA, Algeria, Solvenia - if you had said that to Fabio this morning I think he would have snapped your hand off and took that, without a doubt

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer on Paul Scholes] If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes. He can tackle, and his passing and shooting is of the highest level. He’s the most consistent and naturally gifted player we’ve had for a long, long time

2015 03 Retrieve

[on Harry Kane] Kane’s been good at everything this year. He seems to have that natural ability to get goals. He’s also young, fresh and his attitude appears to be very, very good. What I like about him, is that he is willing to run in behind defenders, as well as go short. When he gets opportunities he invariably takes them. He wants to get his shot away very quickly, which is good to see. It looks as if he could have a very good future in the game

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer on Thierry Henry] People say Thierry Henry doesn’t score a lot of goals with his head, but does he really have to with the ability he has in his feet? He makes spectacular goals look easy. His technique is fantastic

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] His know-how, his desire, his hunger, his will to win and longevity are absolutely staggering. He’s an absolute genius. If you could bottle that, it’d be worth a fortune

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[on Tony Adams] We had some great battles over the years, he came off with cuts on his head and I did too, but the good thing about it was we both shook hands at the end of the game. I respected him and realised what a tough and top defender he was

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] Not only could he pick a pass but he could go past two or three players - he was a genius with that football at his feet. He was also great for the dressing room, what he would have been like at club level I don’t know. I am sure he would have been an absolute pain in the backside because turning up to work every day not knowing what you were going to get in the dressing room or on the training pitch might have been a nightmare for some players. But to have it once every once every four or five weeks as I did when we went away with England was great fun. He was a great lad and great to have around but first and foremost he was a great player

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quote on Gary Neville] He didn’t mind getting forward but he enjoyed defending and was very good at it. He was also good at getting balls into the box and he liked to attack, but because of his fitness and agility he could get up and down the line. He was a very good defender and an organiser

2016 03 21 Retrieve

[on Harry Kane] Harry Kane should be the first name on the team sheet for England. I don’t think anyone can argue with that. [. . .] Kane is just 22 years old and already has 45 Premier League goals to his name and counting. He’s a top quality player and he’s going to be around for a long time

2016 03 22 Retrieve

[on Harry Kane] Harry Kane is on fire this season. He should be an automatic in that England team now

2017 03 06 Tweet

[Alan Shearer says Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is capable of breaking his English Premier League goalscoring record] If @HKane stays free from injury and he stays in the #PL, then yes he will have a chance of breaking my record

2018 04 16 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Mohamed Salah is my Player of the Year] Nobody could have predicted he would have been as red hot as he has been when Liverpool signed him last summer. In fact, there were one or two eyebrows raised when the Reds paid £34.3 million for him, even if that was more because of how his time at Chelsea had gone. But he would now get my vote for Player of the Year. I said I would wait to see what happened in Liverpool’s Champions League game with Manchester City before I hung my hat on Salah or Kevin De Bruyne for that award. But with what Salah did in those two ties, scoring his goals and pulling his team through to the semi-final, he would now be my pick. De Bruyne has also been magnificent and he was again on Saturday against Tottenham. But I realise how difficult it is to score goals and that’s why I would give it to Salah, who now has 40 in all competitions for Liverpool

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] There was no coincidence of the timing. It gives the new manager a chance to get the best possible start with the run of games coming up. Manchester United outran their opponents for the first time this season. There was more movement going forward. They were passing forward - not left, not right but actually forwards. The first thought was that. There was much more about that Manchester United team than we have seen in recent weeks. There is no doubt about it, the players stopped running for [Jose Mourinho]

2019 06 03 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino got his Champions League gamble on Harry Kane wrong] I’m sure Pochettino agonised over whether to start Harry Kane but he got that one wrong. Kane didn’t look fit at all and didn’t turn up in Madrid - he was nowhere near as sharp as he could and should have been. I imagine Harry was in Pochettino’s ear all week and he has had a week to judge it based on seeing him in training. I’ve been in the same situation myself. He may never feature in a European Cup final again so he would have been desperate to play. But you have to judge him on his performance and he simply wasn’t 100 per cent fit.

Harry Winks was exactly the same - he hadn’t played for over two months yet he was risked to start in such a huge game for the club. To play one was a gamble, to play two who haven’t played for that long was a huge risk and it didn’t pay off. I’m sure Pochettino will be thinking ‘If only’. If only he had done something different. Lucas Moura could have offered them an alternative way of playing

[Shearer added on the selection poser now facing the Three Lions] It will be a slight concern for Gareth Southgate, who now has some big calls to make in preparation for England’s game against Holland on Thursday. He will have to see how Kane has reacted, but those 90 minutes can only be good for him and his overall match fitness. He got the game time he needed. However, Southgate has other options so there is no need to risk him. He could quite easily be used as an impact sub

2019 06 24 Retrieve

[Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has slammed the ‘complete and utter chaos’ at St James’s Park, with ‘world-class’ manager Rafa Benitez being allowed to move on] What the hell is going on at Newcastle United Football Club? It looks complete and utter chaos and the lack of communication from the club has been embarrassingly bad. Their world-class manager now walks away in a week’s time for nothing. But the only thing official we had heard up until today this summer is, ‘we are putting season ticket prices up five per cent’ and ‘this is our new home kit’.

Why can’t anyone come out and say what the situation is regarding the proposed takeover, instead of just saying ‘no comment’? Where is the respect for the thousands and thousands of loyal fans? There is not a jot of thought for them even though they are the lifeblood of that football club. They have been there a lot longer than Mike Ashley - and will be there long after he has gone. They deserve so much better as they are the best fans in the country. Nothing surprises me at Newcastle any more. But for the club to let someone as talented and as special as Benitez leave for free, it really is a terrible situation

2019 06 25 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Rafa Benitez was worth 10 to 15 points a season] Like every Newcastle fan, I am devastated Rafa Benitez is leaving the club. It is desperately sad news and a massive blow - and it is ridiculous it has to come to this. Newcastle were fortunate enough to have a world-class manager who was doing a very good job and they have just allowed him to walk away for nothing. It is a shambles and a travesty. It doesn’t make any sense. From the reaction on social media, you can see how angry the fan base is, but they will not blame Rafa for leaving and neither do I. He has been brilliant but he has completely lost trust in those he is working for, which is not the first time that has happened at Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley. You will see the propaganda come out from Newcastle in the next few days - we offered him this and that, we said he could have so many millions to spend. But as fans we know the truth. It has happened too many times at the club.

Rafa did a top job there under very difficult circumstances. Despite his proven pedigree, he was happy to drop down to the Championship. And he got Newcastle up at the first attempt, then finished 10th and 13th in the Premier League on a limited budget. Rafa united the fans and gave them belief, which they had not had for a long time. He passionately cared for the club and the supporters, but above all, he knew the potential Newcastle carried. All Mike Ashley wants is for Newcastle to survive but Rafa is bigger and better than that. He doesn’t want to be fighting a relegation battle every year, he wants to take a team forward. Aston Villa have just been promoted and they have come in straight away and smashed their transfer record on a £22 million striker. That is what Rafa was up against. For Newcastle, he was probably worth 10 to 15 points a season. With him in charge, there was no way they would have been relegated. Now, you have to fear the worst

2019 07 18 Retrieve

[Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has revealed that he warned Steve Bruce not to take a ‘toxic’ job at St James’s Park, only to see his advice fall on deaf ears] I was out for dinner with Steve Bruce three weeks ago. It was just after Rafa Benitez had left Newcastle and we spoke about what he should do if he was approached and offered the job. My advice to him that night was simple: ‘No, no, no, don’t take it’. I said: ‘Why are you going to be any different to [Kevin] Keegan or Benitez? If you take it, you must be mad because you know how it works there’. But Steve is his own man and I respect that. I can’t tell him what to do, even though he is a good friend of mine. He was not Newcastle’s first choice to replace Rafa. He might not even have been their second, third or fourth pick. It looks more like he could have been the last man standing - and Newcastle just knew he would probably take the job because he has always wanted it

He knows what is going on and what has gone on in the past. He knows how fed up the fan-base is. He knows how the football club is run, it is not a secret anymore. This is without a doubt the toughest and most toxic situation Steve has ever walked into. No job is impossible but this one is very, very difficult for so many different reasons. On the playing side, he is inheriting a squad that is wafer-thin. Newcastle’s two top scorers from last season - Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon - are no longer there and they are the only Premier League club not to have made a signing this summer. Steve is at a disadvantage already because all the other clubs have had weeks to plan and will have stolen a march on him. He’ll do a good job just to keep Newcastle up this season

2019 09 02 Retrieve

[Arsenal (2) vs (2) Tottenham. Alan Shearer slams Arsenal’s ‘Sunday League’ defending] Arsenal’s defending was comical at times in the first half - it was Sunday League stuff. From start to finish, it was embarrassing how easy it was for Tottenham to get their two first-half goals. If anything, Arsenal are worse now than they were last season. Kieran Tierney is yet to come in but on this evidence they certainly haven’t improved defensively. I see that as being an issue for Arsenal again going forward - a big problem

[Shearer of the belief that both Tottenham and Arsenal will be forced to really battle it out for a spot in the top four with the title race already down to two teams] Spurs look very reliant on Kane’s goals but I still think they will be fighting for a place in the top four. In Christian Eriksen they had someone who could put their foot on the ball and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted that the European transfer window is coming to an end. Spurs and Arsenal will be among four sides fighting for Champions League places who all have issues. Manchester City and Liverpool are a million miles ahead of the rest

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Harry Kane will have Wayne Rooney’s record haul of 53 England goals in his sights after passing Sir Geoff Hurst on the all-time list] Harry’s hat-trick against Bulgaria on Saturday means he has now gone past Geoff Hurst’s England haul. He is five behind my international tally of 30 and it is only a matter of time before he overtakes me. Harry will be eyeing up Wayne Rooney’s England record of 53 goals and given he is still only 26 years old, he has every chance of breaking it. If he stays fit, Harry could have another six or seven years playing for England. There are more international matches now, and a lot against weaker opposition, which is great for him and any forward. Harry is going to get plenty of chances, especially because he is playing alongside Raheem Sterling

[Shearer added on a stunning spot-kick record] I just love Harry Kane’s confidence and self-belief when it comes to taking penalties. Of his 25 goals for England, eight have come from the spot. But even if 24 of his 25 goals were penalties, it does not matter one jot as a centre-forward. He is a single-minded and cold-blooded No. 9 who has an insatiable desire and hunger to score - and that makes him such a ruthless penalty-taker

2019 09 09b Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Marcus Rashford is not a natural goalscorer] Gareth Southgate’s assessment that Marcus Rashford is not a No. 9 is spot on. Even this season, when Manchester United’s main striker Romelu Lukaku left, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays Anthony Martial down the middle. I get the feeling Marcus feels more confident coming in off the left where he does not have to play a lot with his back to goal. There is no denying he is an excellent talent but I don’t think he is a natural goalscorer. We sometimes forget he is only 21 so time is still on his side. But he is very different to Harry Kane, who is determined and ruthless.

I do not think Marcus will be bothered by the England boss’ words. We have not heard from Marcus where he prefers to play and I have never spoken to him about it. But Gareth probably would not have said that if Marcus had told him he sees himself as a centre-forward. For England, it is not a problem because he will never play there ahead of Harry, and Marcus looked sharp against Bulgaria from the left. It is a bigger issue for United because they have taken a huge gamble by not replacing Lukaku. Going into the season with just Marcus, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood is very risky and that is a huge burden for those three to carry over a long campaign

2019 09 14 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer issues advice to Marcus Rashford on Manchester United role] Does he want to play through the middle? That is the big question. Where does he want to play? Does he see himself as the main centre forward? Romelu Lukaku has gone and the manager still didn’t play him down the middle. When he had the option to play him or Anthony Martial he played Martial, when he was injured it was slightly different

That doesn’t mean to say he can’t score goals. You look at Ronaldo now, you look at Messi now and look at a lot of these players who are scoring goals for fun coming off the left or right hand side. But at the minute, particularly with England, he’s not going to play centre-forward. There’s only one guy and that is Harry Kane. He’s still young enough but I think it’s key to ask him and I’ll be fascinated to see where he seems himself

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford endured another frustrating afternoon for Manchester United on Sunday] The problem that Man Utd have got is that 19 games, scored 17 in all competitions, four of them were against Chelsea, and this is the reason why - because no urgency, no spark, no creativity. Mata should go forward [when he had the ball inside West Ham half], he should go forward, but instead he chooses to go backwards. It’s a nightmare for forwards, they were slow, had too many touches. If Rashford wants to play centre-forward and he wants to score more goals, which I’m sure he does, he has to do better than this. His movement has to be better, he has to move for the ball and attack the ball instead of waiting for the ball. I’d be concerned if I was Solskjaer, because they’re not creating enough chances

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Marcus Rashford is being let down by the coaching staff at Manchester United] I have sympathy with him because this United team is the worst team that I can remember for a number of years and it would be very frustrating as a forward because of the lack of quality and the lack of balls that are coming into the box. But I just wonder, I analysed him a couple of weeks ago at West Ham and exactly the same things are happening as they were then - there is no movement. I wonder if anyone is actually saying anything to him because nothing has changed. He’s not moving into the box and he’s making it far easier for the defenders than it should be but he is young, he is still learning and it has to be a very frustrating time for him because that team at the moment is awful

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer expecting Gareth Southgate to make changes to his defence] You could make a case for Friday’s team being a surprise as four of the back five are going through a tough spell. Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane with Everton, Harry Maguire with Manchester United and Danny Rose with Tottenham. You look at their form and their club results and they weren’t exactly bouncing going into the international break. Perhaps you would like to think they could go in fresh and look at it as an opportunity but clearly they didn’t do that. I fully expect changes at the back and maybe even in the formation. Gareth started with a 4-2-3-1 but changed it soon enough when it clearly wasn’t working. But I think he’s still searching for what he feels is the right system and personnel to fill it

[A man with 30 goals for the Three Lions to his name] No one has labelled the new England team ‘great’ but we are certainly better than we showed on Friday. Thankfully, they have the chance to put it right straight away in Bulgaria and secure qualification for the Euros. When you lose - and play that badly - you want a game immediately after and they’ve got that. Everyone is allowed a below-par performance from time to time but it’s how you react.

Of course Friday’s performance is going to be criticised and scrutinised but you’re playing for England, you should expect that. And what they should also expect is more changes from Southgate. When you’ve played like that, barely any of the team can argue if they are dropped for the next match

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Former England striker Alan Shearer considers Rashford to be among those, with a man yet to convince as a central striker welcoming the return to action of Martial while also rediscovering his own spark] Marcus Rashford looks like he came back with a spring in his step after scoring for England against Bulgaria last week. I saw him play against West Ham and Newcastle recently and there was a complete lack of movement in his game. But on Sunday he was full of running and energy, giving Liverpool’s back four problems all match.

He played up front but also split the Liverpool defence with Daniel James, which allowed Andreas Pereira to come through as a No.10 at times. Rashford’s movement for the goal was superb which gave him the room for James to find him with a brilliant cross. It was exactly what a proper centre-forward should be doing. When you’re later into your career, you realise that even if you aren’t given chances, you cannot afford to stop finding space with your movement.

Rashford is playing in a very average team right now where he has to feed off scraps, so he deserved his standing ovation at the end when he was replaced by Anthony Martial. In a column at the start of the season, I wrote that it was a massive gamble to go with Rashford, Martial and Mason Greenwood as the only strikers after Manchester United let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez join Inter Milan. It’s unfair to have all that pressure on Rashford, but Martial’s return from injury could now ease the burden on him for goals

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Leicester City are equipped to mount a Premier League title challenge after they moved into second place in the table with a 2-0 win against Arsenal] Yes, they are [title contenders]. Because every single week, when they get the results, you’ll see the manager and the players trying to straight bat it and say ‘no, we’ve got no chance’. The longer they keep saying that, the longer everyone else keeps saying that, the better they’ll keep on creeping up. Yeah, they’re in it. We’ve said this before. They can’t keep it up. There’s no way they’ll stay in the top. We’ve said it before and learnt our lesson. It came back to bite us all as pundits. They stayed there, with that team, with a little bit of luck they can stay there as well

[The Foxes are a point clear of City and will retain their place in second through the international break if Pep Guardiola’s side lose to Liverpool] Let’s look at the so-called who we expected to be there before the season started. Tottenham. Are they better than Tottenham? Absolutely. Arsenal? Absolutely. Chelsea? Maybe on a par with them. There were a few people suggesting that Leicester could actually get into the top four. This Leicester team have proven that they can do that

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[At the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, England players had bets on who could get most song titles into interviews] We are not exactly Dancing on the Ceiling

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer claims Arsenal’s defence is so bad it’s unbelievable] Arsenal’s biggest problem is recruitment, defensively they are so bad it’s unbelievable. Going forward they are fine because they have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. But in terms of the quality of their defenders and midfielders they are miles behind the top teams. They spent £72 million on a winger in Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, when they knew they had big problems at the back. That made no sense at all. True, they were left high and dry when Laurent Koscielny suddenly wanted to leave so late in the transfer window but Arsenal’s defensive problems had been apparent long before that

The ease with which Manchester City beat Arsenal shows that the Gunners are miles away from where they used to be - and where they want to be. It’s going to take a lot of time and a lot of investment to get them competing at the highest level. I would say at least two or three years and definitely a huge amount of money

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[World Cup winner and West Ham legend Martin Peters has died aged 76] He was instrumental in England winning the World Cup in 1966. Football has lost a giant of the game, an absolute legend

2020 02 02 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is the leading candidate to win the Premier League Player of the Year award] I believe that if the season was to end tomorrow, he would be my Player of the Season. Absolutely no doubt about it

I think he was magnificent again today. The way he drove Liverpool forward, the way he kept everything moving, his attitude, his work-rate both attacking and defensively, starting moves off, can he pass it forward? Yes he can.

He gets his reward of his goal because of his hard work. I thought he was magnificent, as he has been all season. What a season he’s having, absolutely incredible. When you look at some of their performances, how special Liverpool have been, whether it’s the goalkeeper, [Virgil] Van Dijk, or the front three, he for me has been the driving force. He’s been superb

2020 02 27 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer says England need Harry Kane & Marcus Rashford to be fit] I would hope England have a really good opportunity because they could even play the semi-final and final both at Wembley. At the minute, we don’t have Harry Kane or Rashford fit in terms of centre forwards, so if we are going to be successful, we will need those two fit, especially Kane. But, if not England, then France

You have got great opportunities whether the manager picks Jamie Vardy or not and asks him to come out of retirement. He is the joint top scorer in the Premier League at the minute with 17 goals along with Aubameyang; then you have Tammy Abraham who has had a very good season in the Premier League. I know he has not played the last couple of matches. Then you have Danny Ings, then you have Calvert-Lewin as well

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer believes it wouldn’t be fair to declare the Reds champions if the season isn’t finished] If, and it is a huge if, the season cannot be completed then there is no way you can have a winner or loser. As harsh and as horrible as that would be for some clubs, none more so than Liverpool, it is the only outcome. If you cannot complete the fixtures then you cannot go handing out titles or consider relegating anybody. For Liverpool, it would be incredibly harsh. But I cannot see how it would be fair to hand them the title - despite the fact it is obvious nobody is going to catch them. They only need six points to wrap it up but they haven’t got them yet so for that reason it has to be declared null and void. It would be very different if the season was suspended after they had got the points to win it. But they haven’t and however horrible a scenario it would be, it’s the only option

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[Shearer admits to disliking Roy Keane as he recalls bust-up during Newcastle’s 2001 win over Man Utd] Yeah, I didn’t like him. I had loads of rucks with him and I wasn’t the only one. It was a throw-in in the far corner where I stopped him taking an early throw. We were beating them at St. James’ and he wanted to take a quick throw-in and he’d been at me all game as he normally was. It was about three or four minutes before the end of the game. I can’t remember exactly what I said, I called him some sort of name. He got the red card and I remember having a little smile and thought: ‘I’ve done you [like] a kipper here. I can’t believe you’ve fallen into that little trap

And I can see him [in the tunnel]. The steam was coming out of his ears, and then the final whistle goes and I’m thinking: ‘Do I run straight off? Do I try and get up there?’ Because I knew for a fact that Roy would be waiting at the top of the tunnel. So I don’t know, I say thanks and shake hands and what have you and there’s this big commotion going on and I look up and there’s Roy, he’s waiting for me at the top of the tunnel

2020 03 25 Retrieve

[Premier League legend Alan Shearer says Tottenham star Harry Kane has to leave the club if they fail to win a trophy in the next 12 months] My guess is, if he doesn’t win anything in the next 12 months then he has to leave. He’ll do another year, I think, and if nothing comes in terms of trophies, then he’ll be off

It depends on his fitness. Where he is and what success he’s had at whatever club he’s at - whether that’s at Spurs or somewhere else. It’s going to be hard for him. He’s on 136 and there’s a lot of ‘ifs’ being asked; if he stays fit or if he stays in the Premier League. It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to go one day

2020 04 05 Retrieve

[England legend Alan Shearer has revealed just how close he was to joining Manchester United over Newcastle in 1996] I sat down with Kevin Keegan and Sir Alex on the same day. I saw Keegan in the morning and talks had gone really, really well. Then the Man Utd contingent came in. His first question to me was: ‘Am I seeing you first or am I seeing you second?’ I told him I had seen Kevin in the morning and I won’t tell you his words. He said basically I’ve got no chance, then. He wanted to see me first. But I thought the talks went extremely well. I was very impressed with what he had to say. I had to go and make a decision. At one point, I was going to Manchester United. But then, I sat down and I got a call from Kevin who asked to see me a day or two later. And I thought: ‘You know what, I’m going to go back to Newcastle. It was the club I always supported and wanted to play for. I thought: ‘I’ve got to ring him. I rang him but there was no answer. I thought I couldn’t leave a message. I rang him again but there was still no answer. I left him a message after the third time and no surprise, I never got a call back! I’ve got no regrets, I’d do the same again

I asked if I could take the penalties. His response to me was: ‘Eric’s on them! He looked at me with those steely eyes as if to tell me that he wasn’t going to tell Eric Cantona that I was going to take them

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Premier League legend Alan Shearer says Manchester United need to sign Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane and Jack Grealish if they want to start competing for trophies] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was spot on when he said there could be a number of clubs forced into selling their big players for financial reasons. Whereas the majority will look to survive first before looking at transfer targets, Manchester United are in a different boat. And with their financial clout, they are in a good position to take advantage in future transfer markets once football is eventually back. To get anywhere near where they want to be then they need three, possibly four, big signings. I understand the talk of Jadon Sancho, I understand the talk of Harry Kane and I certainly understand the talk of Jack Grealish. Those three are exactly the types they need if they are to compete at the top again

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Alan Shearer wants to see Kylian Mbappe move to the Premier League] I would very much like Kylian Mbappe to come. With his skill, the confidence he has in someone so young, and all the goals he scores, that would be a big plus for the Premier League. […] I only see one club for him, it’s Newcastle of course.

I’m an admirer of Olivier Giroud. He brings a lot to the team and knows how to make others play. I know he hasn’t been used much this season, but as soon as he played, he performed well. Now, telling you who was the best French striker of all time is very difficult not to say Thierry Henry. He scored incredible goals, seemingly without any effort. When I played against him, it was a match in a match. I didn’t want him to score and he didn’t want me to score. I didn’t want his team to win, but I respected him very much. In addition, he has the title of top scorer more than me. So huge respect for him. He was a fantastic footballer