Alan Shearer’s furious bust-up with Roy Keane: ‘Took a swing and missed’

Alan Shearer hilariously jokes about treatment from the BBC

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Alan Shearer has said this week that Gareth Southgate has a nasty side as his England side prepares for Sunday’s final against Italy. Shearer told BBC Radio 5 Live: “You have to given the manager credit, he’s the one that creates the team spirit. “It’s very difficult to do that when you have a squad of 26 players and for those players who are not in the starting line-up, it doesn’t mean they are not absolutely devastated they are not on the pitch. “A lot of the country was shouting for Jack Grealish to start but Gareth has resisted that.

“He put him on last night to try to change the game and then when England scored the second goal he takes Grealish off and leaves Sterling on who is absolutely shattered.

“There is a nasty side to Gareth and he was spot-on to do that but you can’t tell me Jack Grealish isn’t angry, hurt and disappointed.

“The manager now has to go and manage that and get everyone together again and say: ‘Put your individual feelings to one side’.”

It has also been known that Shearer and other players from his generation required a nasty side during their games.

This was seen in when Shearer clashed with Roy Keane in the 2001/2002 in United’s 4-3 defeat to Newcastle.

An irritated Keane threw the ball at Shearer and a melee broke out on the pitch.

Shearer detailed how Keane “was standing at the top of the stairs” after the game.

There was “bustling and scrambling” as the row continued in the tunnel.

Shearer told The Athletic: “When you went from the pitch into the tunnel at St James’, there were a set of steps and then you split towards the home or away dressing-rooms.

“When the final whistle went, Roy was standing at the top of the stairs waiting for me.

“I’m pretty sure a few more choice words exchanged, there was some bustling and scrambling, but there were way too many people between us for anything physical to actually happen. That’s usually how it pans out in football.”

Keane’s frustrations likely boiled when his teammate Wes Brown scored an own goal to hand Newcastle the win.

Keane then got sent off in the 88th minute – Shearer recalls the ball being thrown at him and then Keane “took a swing and missed” before he was given his marching orders.

The Irishman, speaking previously on the incident, explained his biggest disappointment was that he only “pushed” his rival.

He added: “I lost my temper, we were losing 4-3, I think, in the last minute.

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“If you’re going to get sent off, the worst thing is, I pushed him. If you’re going to get sent off you might as well punch him properly because you’re going to get the same punishment.

“You might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. That’s what I was thinking afterwards. It was just a push. It was ridiculous.”

The pair have since gone on to forge careers as pundits on television and Shearer has insisted that there is no bad blood between them nowadays despite fiery episodes in their careers.

He added: “Roy was never an enemy, that’s definitely not the right word but when you want to win as much as we did, things would occasionally spill over.

“We’ve worked together on television over the years and there’s never been any problem. We’ve got on well.”

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