Alan Shearer announced his international retirement following England's exit from Euro 2000 but continued to play for Newcastle United until 2006, when he retired completely from football and worked as a football pundit for the BBC.
Following the axing of Steve mcClaren by the FA this morning, speculations of who will be the next England manager has resulting his name as the front-runner.
According to Shields Gazette, the bookies odds on Alan Shearer to becoming the next England manager dropped from 20/1 to 12/1. The legendary goalscorer has never managed before, but football pundits think he could do for England just like former stars Marco Van Basten and Jurgen Klinnsmann have done for Holland and Germany respectively.
Another contender, Newcastle United mananger Sam Allardyce, immediately ruled himself out of the running for the position.
“I am contracted to Newcastle United and from my point of view, that contract needs to be honoured.” Said Allardyce, “I am not in a position like I was at my old club where the chairman openly extended the invitation for me to go for the position. I am not in that position now.”
Meanwhile, Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains favourite for the job with other fellow International managers come next to him including Fabio Capello, Aston Villa's Martin o'Neill, and Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger.
Alan Shearer last England duty was in the Euro 2000. Shearer did not score in England's opening 3-2 defeat against Portugal, but did so as England defeated Germany 1-0 in Charleroi, ensuring that England beat their European neighbours for the first time since the 1966 World Cup Final.
To remain in the tournament, England only required a draw against Romania in the final group match, and Shearer scored a penalty as England went in at half-time 2-1 up, but Romania ultimately won 3-2.
England's tournament was over, and so was Shearer's international career. From his 63 caps, he scored thirty goals, joint-fifth in the England all-time goalscorers list with Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.