That accusation came after Shearer suggested the one-time Ballon d’Or winner had failed to give his full effort at St. James’ Park, despite being on an exorbitant wage.
After the spat went viral, Lineker piped up with a characteristically sharp response, writing on his own personal account: “Feel like I should have a row with Peter Beardsley.”
Linker isn’t shy when it comes to giving his opinion on Twitter, or when it comes to rinsing his colleagues with a witty comment or two. But this spat between Shearer and Owen is something else. Arguably England’s two greatest strikers of the past 25 years, except perhaps Wayne Rooney, openly and unashamedly calling each other out in a public arena, questioning each others’ loyalty and professionalism – it’s difficult to think of a direct comparative. Whoever is right, and it’s possible that both are in their own way, one thing is for certain, Owen hasn’t got a cat in hell’s chance of winning this one in the eyes of the Toon faithful. A flop from day one, the ex-Liverpool man should know better than to go toe-to-toe with Shearer when it comes to matters on Tyneside. If there is one rule at St. James’ Park, you never call into question Shearer’s messianic status.