Alan Shearer has announced that he will replace Gary Lineker for the Three Lions in the English legend’s final game before manager Graham Taylor changed his mind.
Lineker, who was preparing David Platt’s opener that evening, was visibly upset after Taylor decided to do the England Captain against Sweden in Euro ’92.
Lineker was just one goal away from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record for England, but Taylor replaced the striker just after an hour in the Three Lions final group game.
Sweden, the host, won the game 2-1 to knock England out of the tournament and Lineker ended up never playing for his country again.
Lineker and clipper, who was on the bench that evening, looked back on the defeat in Stockholm at the BBC Match of the Day: Top 10 Podcast and here is an excerpt from the latest episode.
HOW: “You should have left the place much earlier because you had an absolute stinker. That was you! I was sitting on the bench.”
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GL: “I made the goal!”
HOW: “I sat on the bench and thought …”
GL: “I got a template for Platty. I think I did.”
HOW: “I sat on the bench and called to Graham Taylor and his staff, ‘How much longer is this old guy going to play? Get me on the pitch quickly!'”
GL: “It could have been worse. I could have replaced you! That would have been horrific. ”
HOW: “That happened. He told me I would continue …”
GL: “And then he saw sense!”
HOW: “And then for some reason he made sense and put on Alan Smith instead.”
GL: “You were lucky. It would probably have ended your career if you had come for me.”
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