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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Gary Lineker

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is the second-highest goal-scorer for England after Sir Bobby Charlton, with 48 strikes in 80 appearances for his country.

Born in November 1960, he made his name as a forward with his local club, Leicester City, and had already made his England debut before joining Everton in 1985.

After one successful season (30 goals in 41 games), he was signed by Barcelona and helped them to win the Spanish Championship, Cup and Cup Winners' Cup between 1986 and 1989.

His place in the affections of English football fans was assured by his Golden Boot winning performance at the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico, and his contribution to England's run to the sem-finals of Italia 90. Lineker retired from international football in 1992.


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He returned to the UK with Tottenham Hotspur, winning the FA Cup in 1992, and brought the curtain down on his illustrious playing career with the Japanese club Nagoya Grampus 8.

He then launched a second career in broadcasting, hosting Gary Lineker's Football Night for Radio 5, and Sunday Sport on the re-launched Radio 5 Live.

Lineker joined the BBC's TV team in 1995, appearing on Match of the Day, Sportsnight, and Football Focus. He worked on the BBC's coverage of the 1996 Olympics, and took over as the regular host of Football Focus in the 1996-97 season.

He presented highlights programmes during Euro 96, and hosted both live and highlights coverage of the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. In August 1999, he took over the Match of the Day hotseat following the departure of Des Lynam.

A keen golfer, cricketer and snooker player, Lineker is also a team captain on BBC TV's irreverent sports quiz They Think It's All Over. He and his wife Michelle have four sons.

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