Don't regret choosing Newcastle over Man Utd, says Shearer

Football icon Alan Shearer says he does not regret choosing Newcastle United over Manchester United, while admitting that he would have won more trophies had he joined the latter.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer poses with the Premier League trophy during the Premier League Fan Park in Bengaluru on Saturday.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

English football stalwart Alan Shearer, who owns the record for being the highest goal-scorer in Premier League history (260 goals), believes that Harry Kane has a chance to erase the mark.

On the sidelines of the Premier League FANPARK event held here, the celebrated striker spoke on various topics.

Excerpts:

Q - Can anyone break your Premier League goal-scoring record?
Maybe Harry Kane can do it, if he stays injury-free. But that is tough, given the pace and power of modern football.

Also, if Kane and Tottenham Hotspur can be successful, the big boys from Spain, Italy or France will come to sign him. If Kane stays in England for the next ten years, he has a good chance of breaking my record.

Q - On his marvellous volley goal against Everton, in 2002:
That was the best goal I have scored in my career. To this day, I don't know why I hit it. 99 times out of a 100, I would have struck that into the stands. But the second I hit it, I knew it was going in. I saw the goalkeeper trying to save it, but he had no chance.

I played in the match against Manchester United, when Wayne Rooney scored a magnificent volley against us. I think Shay Given was in goal for us, because you only needed to get it on target to get it past him (laughs).

Q - Do you regret not playing for Manchester United?
I would have surely won more trophies had I joined Man Utd instead of Newcastle in 1996, However, I have no regrets whatsoever. For me, it was about going home to Newcastle, and playing for the football club I supported as a boy.

(Newcastle legend) Jackie Milburn was my dad's hero, so it was really special when I broke his goal-scoring record. I even have a statue outside St. James' Park. I will always love Newcastle.

Q - Leaving home at 15, to join Southampton as an apprentice:
It was one of the best decisions. I had to grow up fast, fend for myself, knuckle down and work hard. As an apprentice, I had to clean the stadium stands, the toilets and the senior team player boots.

It wasn’t nice at the time, but when I look back, I feel it was good for me. It taught me never to take things for granted, and to treat people with respect.

Q - England’s chances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup:
England won't win the World Cup. We should put up an improved show, which shouldn't be hard after the shock 1-2 defeat to Iceland (at Euro 2016). Back home, the expectations are not huge.

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