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Gary Lineker
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is England's second-highest goal-scorer with 48 strikes in 80 appearances for his country.

Born in November 1960, he made his name as a forward with 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 cemented by his Golden Boot-winning performance at the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.

And at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, his goals propelled England to the semi-finals where they were beaten by Germany in a penalty shoot-out.

Gary retired from international football in 1992.

After his stint in Spain he returned to the UK with Tottenham Hotspur where he won the FA Cup in 1991.

Second career

He brought the curtain down on his illustrious playing days with the Japanese club Nagoya Grampus 8 before launching a second career in broadcasting.

He hosted Gary Lineker's Football Night for BBC Radio 5 and Sunday Sport on the re-launched Radio Five Live.

Gary 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 and anchored the BBC's coverage of Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup.

A keen golfer, cricketer and snooker player, Gary 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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