Alan Shearer has chosen the 11 greatest football players he has played alongside.
An impressive cast of players at both club and international level, who do you think made the grade?
Remember, Alan Shearer won the Premier League at Blackburn and almost did the same with the European Championships when England hosted in 1996.
Not forgetting of course the quality Newcastle players he played alongside in his time at St James Park.
In the end, Shearer has chosen four ex-Newcastle players, two of whom he played alongside when at United, whilst two of them were with England.
Alan Shearer’s full eleven is below but first he describes the four who have worn the black and white stripes of Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer speaking to the official Premier League website:
“Big, strong, powerful, pretty much a pure athlete. He would make mistakes positionally but because he was powerful and so quick he would get back and make that last-ditch challenge.”
“Gazza was probably one of the best players I’ve played with and against. He could do almost anything with a football, left foot, right foot, dribbling, skills. And you know, much like Paul Scholes, that as a centre-forward if you’re going to make a run, you want to know that the ball’s going to come to you. They could pick a pass out, which for a forward is very important. They got their fair share of goals also.”
“He started out as a goalscoring midfielder for Newcastle. Over the years he went further and further back and didn’t look out of position. He could play anywhere in the midfield.”
“Les was the best player I played with at club level as a centre-forward. Teddy was the best at international level. Both partnerships worked and they were the best partnerships because we didn’t have to work at them. It was just natural. I knew their game and they knew mine. Defenders just couldn’t play against us, which was great. We knew that before the game, which put us 1-0 up already.
“Les was great in the air. He was quick, strong and more importantly he scored goals. We were a good partnership because we were similar in a way but very different. We knew, looking in the tunnel, that we could take most defenders on and come out on top, and we did.”
Alan Shearer’s best 11 players he’s ever played alongside:
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