Contrary to reports at the weekend, Newcastle striker and former England catain Alan Shearer will not be returning to the international scene.
Shearer retired from international football after Euro 2000 to concentrate on his club career with Newcastle.
He appeared to signal a return for his country at the weekend, by admitting he “could still do a job for England”. However, Shearer has subsequently issued a statement denying that he had made himself available again.
“The widespread coverage of my remarks concerning a possible comeback for England has led me for the first time to seriously consider making myself available again for the England team,” Shearer said.
“As part of that process I have spent much of the day discussing that decision with my family, my close friends and football colleagues.
“After much consideration I feel it is only right and fair to make it absolutely clear that I do not wish to be considered for future selection by the England coach.”
My comments following Newcastle United’s midweek match were made in good faith and truly reflected my enormous enjoyment of football this season.
“But I honestly believe my remaining football ambitions can be fulfilled at club level with Newcastle United in the Premiership and in the Champions League.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the many people who have made kind and complimentary remarks about my recent form and I would like to wish the England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and the England team the best of luck for the European Championships qualification campaign.”