Shearer rules out return to England team


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  • Tuesday, 18 Mar 2003

LONDON: Newcastle striker Alan Shearer on Sunday ruled out a return to the England team after earlier saying that could still “do a job” for his country. 

Shearer had told Sunday’s Observer newspaper that the time might be ripe for him to come out of international retirement and help England qualify for Euro 2004. 

The 32-year-old former England skipper, who stood down after Euro 2000, has been in the form of his life recently, getting both Newcastle’s goals in last week’s Champions League draw with Inter Milan and scoring a penalty in the 2-0 win over Charlton on Saturday for his 16th league goal of the season. 

But after reflection, Shearer released a statement saying he wanted to concentrate on his career with Newcastle, who are challenging for the Premier League title. 

“The widespread coverage of my remarks concerning a possible comeback for England has led me for the first time to seriously consider making myself available again for the England team,” Shearer said. 

“As part of that process I have spent much of the day discussing that decision with my family, my close friends and football colleagues.  

“After much consideration I feel it is only right and fair to make it absolutely clear that I do not wish to be considered for future selection by the England coach.  

“My comments following Newcastle’s midweek match were made in good faith and truly reflected my enormous enjoyment of football this season. 

“But I honestly believe my remaining football ambitions can be fulfilled at club level with Newcastle in the Premier League and in the Champions League.”  

Shearer, 32, had told The Observer: “I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss playing for England. I still feel I could do a job for England, in fact I know I could.” – AFP  

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