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The Geordie was destined for stardom from the day, as a 17-year-old making his full debut, he scored a hat-trick for Southampton in a 4-2 victory over Arsenal at The Dell.

Shearer stunned Manchester United when he turned them down and joined Blackburn in a £3.6m deal in 1992. It was also the year he made his England debut under Graham Taylor - and scored in a 2-0 win against France.

Shearer fired Blackburn to the Premiership title three years later. But, little more than 12 months on, he was gone as Shearer joined his beloved Newcastle in a then-world record £15m deal.

Shearer enjoyed huge success at under-21 level, netting 13 times - including seven in four matches in the Toulon tournament.

He was in Taylor's squad for Euro '92 but failed to find the net in his only appearance.

Shearer, however, hit form during the memorable Euro '96 campaign when he won the tournament's golden boot as leading scorer.

His five goals in the competition helped England to an heroic defeat by Germany in a Semi-Final shoot-out at Wembley.

Glenn Hoddle succeeded Terry Venables as England coach and made Shearer captain, but he figured in only one World Cup finals tournament, France '98. He netted in the 2-0 win over Tunisia and scored a penalty in the shoot-out defeat by Argentina.

Shearer retired from international football at 29 after Euro 2000. He marked his final England appearance with a penalty in the 3-2 defeat to Romania, ending with 30 goals in 63 games.

When he hung up his boots altogether in 2006, he was the Premiership's leading all-time scorer with 260 goals and Newcastle's greatest goal-getter with 206.

England A to Z

A is for Argentina
B is for Banks
C is for Charltons
D is for Dead Ball
E is for European Championships
F is for Finney
G is for Germany
H is for Hurst
I is for Italia 90
J is for Jules Rimet
K is for
Kevin Keegan
L is for Gary Lineker
M is for Bobby Moore
N is for Neville brothers
O is for Owen
P is for Penalty shoot out
Q is for Qualifiers