Alan Shearer, one of the most iconic figures in English football, has revealed he will not be appearing on Match of the Day tomorrow after Gary Lineker was taken off air.
The former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker, who is now a regular pundit on the BBC’s flagship football show, made the announcement on Twitter.
Shearer wrote: “I won’t be on MOTD tomorrow. I’m sure you’ll all understand why. All the best to Gary and his family.”
The news comes after Lineker was taken off air following a family bereavement. The BBC confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “We can confirm that Gary Lineker will not be presenting Match of the Day this weekend due to a family bereavement. We send our sincere condolences to Gary and his family at this difficult time.”
Shearer, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest English strikers of all time, has been a regular on Match of the Day since his retirement from football in 2006. He has become a popular figure on the show, offering his insight and analysis on the weekend’s action.
The former England captain has also become a popular figure on social media, regularly engaging with fans and offering his thoughts on the game.
Shearer’s absence from Match of the Day tomorrow will be a huge blow to fans of the show, who have become accustomed to his presence on the show.
The BBC have yet to confirm who will replace Lineker on the show, but it is likely that Shearer’s fellow pundits, such as Ian Wright, Danny Murphy and Alan Hansen, will step in to fill the void.
It is unclear when Lineker will return to the show, but it is likely that he will be back in the near future. In the meantime, fans of Match of the Day will have to make do without Shearer’s presence on the show.