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Timeline: Alan Shearer's career

Shearer scores - again!

1970

Born August 13, Newcastle.

1988

Signs with Southampton after making a sensational debut, when he became the youngest player to score a Football League hat-trick.

1990-91 Season

Gets England Under-21 call-up, going on to score a record 13 goals in 11 appearances.

1992

Makes senior England debut, scoring in 2-0 win over France.

With the Player Of The Year award

July: Moves to Blackburn in 3.3m deal - a British record at the time. Scores twice on Blackburn debut.

Goes on to score 22 times before suffering a knee injury in Boxing Day match. Misses the rest of the campaign.

1993-94 Season

Scores 31 Premiership goals. Voted Footballer of the Year.

1995

Shearer's 34 Premiership goals lead Blackburn to their first championship for 81 years. Voted PFA Player of the Year.

1996

Becomes first player to reach 100 goals in the Premiership - after just three seasons!

Wins Golden Boot as top goalscorer at Euro 96 after netting five times.

Moves to hometown club Newcastle in then world-record 15m deal.

1996-97 Season

Signing for his hometown club - Newcastle

Despite being injured a lot, scores 28 goals in all competitions. Newcastle finish second in the Premiership and qualify for the Champions League.

1998

June/July: Plays in all four of England's World Cup games, scoring the opener in the first match with Tunisia and from the penalty spot during the 90 minutes in the second-round penalty shoot-out defeat against Argentina.

1999

Finishes the Premiership season with a tally of 21 goals.

June: Named captain of England team to face Sweden in European Championship qualifier at Wembley - his 50th cap.

August: In opening match of season - his 100th game for Newcastle - is sent off for first time in his career for serious foul play.

Shearer keeps England captaincy and scores hat-trick in 6-0 win over Luxembourg at Wembley in Euro 2000 qualifier.

2000

Going out of Euro 2000

Announces he will retire from international football after Euro 2000 finals.

Scores winner in Euro 2000 1-0 victory over Germany.

Scores penalty but his international career ends in disappointment as England are eliminated by a 3-2 defeat to Romania.

2001

July: Wins OBE in Queens' Birthday Honours for services to football.

2002

April: Scores 200th Premiership goal. Finishes the season with 27 Premiership goals as Newcastle finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.

October: Scores the 300th goal of his club career.

November: Scores his 100th Premiership goal for Newcastle, becoming the first man to accomplish the feat with two clubs.

2003

All smiles on the training ground

January: Scores after 10.5 seconds against Manchester City at St James' Park.

2004

August: Announces he will retire at the end of the season.

2005

February: Scores 250th Premiership goal

April: Announces he will play on as player-coach for the 2005-06 season.

2006

February: Scores 201st goal for Newcastle to become top scorer in the club's history.

April: Suffers a knee injury in 4-1 win over Sunderland, brining his playing career to an end.



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