The BBC Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker, who also has a weekly spot on NBC Sports Network to review the results of Premier League matches every Sunday, has come out and picked the best side of players he played with in his excellent career.
Gary Linekar – picked four Geordies in side
Here is the Fantasy team of players he picked of players he played with in his illustrious career.
Of that team Stuart Pearce, John Barnes, Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne, Peter Beardsley and Alan Shearer all played for Newcastle United at some stage in their careers, and the last four are all Geordies – so nearly 40% of Gary’s team are Geordies – that’s not too bad.
Gary played 80 times for England with 48 goals, which is just one short of the record that Ashington-born Sir Bobby Charlton holds, and Linekar played his first six years for the England team under Sir Bobby Robson as the England manager.
But with a penalty goal against San Marino yesterday, in our rather easy 5-0 win against San Marino in the Euro 2016 qualifier, Wayne Rooney now has 42 goals for England in 98 appearances.
In his club career for Leicester, Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham and Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, Gary Linekar played a total of 568 games with 281 goals – that’s an average of one goal every 2.02 games.
It’s interesting that Alan Shearer’s record is similar in club football, with 733 total games and 379 goals – an average of one goal every 1.93 games – those are two unbelievable records for both England strikers.
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