Alan Shearer teases Gary Lineker as Newcastle go 2nd in Premier League

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Alan Shearer has teased Gary Lineker after Newcastle United beat Leicester City to go second in the Premier League. Shearer is a huge Toon fan after supporting the club as a boy before becoming the Magpies’ record goalscorer as a player and wasted no time in mocking his BBC colleague who famously supports the Foxes. 

Newcastle were excellent as they blitzed Leicester in the first half to cruise to a comfortable 3-0 win. Chris Wood and Miguel Almiron had the north-east side 2-0 up after seven minutes before Joelinton sealed the victory with a header from a corner. 

It was the Magpies’ eighth win in as many games in all competitions as the side continued their good form from before the World Cup break. The result was enough to send Eddie Howe’s men into second place in the Premier League at least for the time being with Manchester City holding two games in hand. 

Shearer wasted no time in poking fun at his friend and fellow Match of the Day star Lineker after the match as his team got one over on the 62-year-old. Writing on Twitter, the Premier League record goalscorer said: “That’s three points for the Toon and 3 goals and a clean sheet. What a great performance. Should be a good  @BBCMOTD! What time we on @GaryLineker? TOON TOON.” 

Lineker’s own actions on social media suggest that Shearer had been acting in a similar way privately with the duo watching the encounter together as they prepared for the return of Match of the Day. 

He wrote: “What a delightful way to spend Boxing Day: watching your team get smashed by @NUFC in the company of @alanshearer.” Furthermore, in a direct response to Shearer’s tweet the former England striker stated the show would be on ‘very late’ to discourage people from tuning in for Leicester’s defeat. 

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Newcastle’s success has led some supporters to start dreaming that they can win the Premier League title but Howe was keen to stress he was personally only focused on what he and the team could control. 

“My attitude won’t change but I’ve no problem with the supporters dreaming, talking and speculating about what we can achieve,” he said after the match. “We need to be mindful internally and focus on what we can control, which is our own thoughts and actions. And not look too far ahead or listen too much to news media and focus on our training and games. This is the toughest league in the world for a reason.”

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