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England captain Alan Shearer
"We'll be able to judge ourselves against the world's best"
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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 19:21 GMT 20:21 UK
Shearer wants to go out on a high
Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer is on the glory trail
Alan Shearer is hoping that Saturday's friendly against Brazil will be the first step along the path that leads to Euro 2000 glory.

And if that is England's destiny then Shearer himself will have the honour of holding the trophy aloft in his last game for England.

The Newcastle striker told the press: "The ideal scenario would be for me to finish the tournament as top scorer, but far more importantly would be to lift the trophy. That would be a dream come true."

I thought Emile and myself worked really well against Argentina, it's unfortunate he hasn't got a chance against Brazil

Alan Shearer
Shearer's decision to retire after Euro 2000 has seen him inundated with correspondence from fans begging him to change his mind.

Shearer doesn't seem to have too many fans in the press, but he's clearly touched by the sentiments of the humble football supporter:

"It made me feel good to get letters from all over the country. It made me feel like I had been appreciated over all these years. Maybe the biggest and best is still to come."

There is no sign that Shearer is about to reconsider his decision to retire from international football, but it sounds as though he'll miss it:

Michael Owen
Owen will play alongside Shearer against Brazil
"I love coming down here and having the crack with the lads. It's about mickey-taking, really, and there's been plenty of that. They say I'm 29, coming up 30, with the hair of a 35-year-old. Things like that, but I'm used to it."

Kevin Keegan is pairing Shearer with Michael Owen in the Brazil friendly, and Shearer readily admits that the two have had problems playing together in the past:

"Maybe there's a small problem because both Michael and myself want to be in the box in the same place, but there's no harm in us both wanting to score goals.

Emile Heskey
Shearer enjoys playing alongside Heskey
"We have to realise there's a bit extra to do other than scoring goals. We will, perhaps, have to play slightly differently to the way we play at club level."

Without actually saying so, Shearer hinted that Emile Heskey would be his preferred strike partner.

Certainly Heskey's physical presence gave the Argentinian defence a lot to think about, and with Heskey doing the donkey work, Shearer can concentrate on scoring goals.

"I thought Emile and myself worked really well against Argentina. It's unfortunate he hasn't got a chance against Brazil," opined the Newcastle striker.

But with friendlies against Ukraine and Malta to come, Heskey still has a chance to stake his claim.

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