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Alan Shearer acquired 63 caps for England. The former Newcastle, Blackburn and Southampton striker made a scoring debut for the Three Lions against France in February 1992 and went on to represent his country until 2000.

It was the UEFA Euro 1996 that really shaped the public perception of Shearer. He went into the tournament without scoring a goal in 12 games, but exited as the Golden Boot winner with a tally of five goals.

Following Glenn Hoddle's appointment ahead of the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, Shearer was installed as captain, but it was the exploits of Michael Owen and David Beckham that took centre stage as England crashed in the last 16 against Argentina.

The UEFA Euro 2000 was to be Shearer's last major tournament as an England player, as he retired shortly after his side's group stage exit. Despite plenty of speculation, Shearer never reversed his decision and also declined the opportunity to become Steve McClaren's assistant for England's ill-fated qualification attempt for UEFA Euro 2008.