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Last Updated: Saturday April 22 2006 09:41 GMT

Injury forces Shearer to retire

Alan Shearer looking thoughtful
Newcastle captain Alan Shearer has confirmed that he's retiring earlier than he planned after an injury forced him off the pitch.

Shearer hurt his knee during his club's 4-1 win over Sunderland on Monday. After scoring for his team, he limped off the pitch in the 71st minute.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I won't be able to play the last three games and that is disappointing.

"I have great memories. I've got no regrets, it's been a great career."

He added: "Some people think it was a fantastic way to go out anyway by scoring in our 4-1 win at Sunderland. I think they might be right."

In better news for Magpies fans, Michael Owen is set to return from injury this weekend after being out of action with a foot problem since New Year's Eve.

He's been named in the squad for Saturday's game against West Brom.

Newcastle fans have started paying tribute to Shearer.

Some of them have put up a massive picture of the striker outside the Magpies' ground with the message: "Thanks for 10 great years."



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