Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and David Beckham included as Alan Shearer names the best England XI he played with
Alan Shearer has revealed his best England XI of players he has played with – and it’s likely to make you feel very nostalgic.
Ahead of England’s 1000th international on against Montenegro on Thursday evening – which you can follow live on talkSPORT – Shearer expressed his pride at being able to say he has put on the famous white shirt, and even prouder to say he was handed the captain’s armband.
In his column for The Sun, the Toon icon wrote: “I will never forget my debut. It still feels like it was yesterday; February 19th 1992 against France at the old Wembley.
“It had all come about after getting a surprise call-up by then manager Graham Taylor.
“I was at my house back in Southampton, and I was just a young lad doing really well in the first team that season.
“My eyes were on the TV with the old teletext, something that makes me feel so old now!
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“I was just watching and hoping and praying, and then I got a call off my old Saints boss Ian Branfoot. I wasn’t sure what or who to believe.
“It was one of those where I thought someone was winding me up. I was just thinking in my head ‘please let this be real’.
“It was an even more unbelievable feeling when Taylor told me I would be starting against the French.”
Shearer also revealed his best XI of England teammates, and unsurprisingly his line-up was dominated by the Three Lions stars who progressed to the semi-finals of Euro 1996.
Manchester United aces David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville all inevitably made the cut, with Arsenal duo David Seaman and Tony Adams also included.
Current England boss Gareth Southgate, who missed the penalty against Germany to send Glenn Hoddle’s men out of the tournament, was also included, while he chose himself and Teddy Sheringham to lead the line.
Tottenham legend Paul Gascoigne, Liverpool’s Paul Ince and Manchester City’s Stuart Pearce completed the line-up.
And Shearer has no doubts his fondest memories was shared with those stars during that run.
He continued: “Without doubt the highlight of my England career was our 4-1 win against Holland at the Euros in 1996.
“It was the best atmosphere I have ever played in without doubt. That rendition of ‘Football’s Coming Home’ was spine tingling.
“And to beat a Dutch side brimming with quality was truly special.”
Although he admitted he regrets hanging up his boots for England in 2000, Shearer believes it was the right time in his career to call it a day.
He finished: “When I retired in 2000 it was one of the toughest decisions of my life, let alone my career. It was a horrible thing to do.
“I just couldn’t continue to do two jobs for England and Newcastle and because of my three serious injuries one after the other I was slowing up and my game had to change.
“It was the right decision ultimately, but one that I still look back on with dread.
“England are on the brink of qualifying for Euro 2020 next summer and will do so with a point against Montenegro on Thursday.”
Shearer’s favourite England XI
He’s played with some of the best players on the international scene and here Shearer’s favourites
Seaman, Neville, Adams, Southgate, Pearce Beckham, Scholes, Ince, Gascoigne, Sheringham, Shearer
England vs Montenegro is LIVE on talkSPORT this Thursday
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