Gary Linker is one of
the greatest youngsters to come through from the Leicester City youth
system, making the most out of his career and showing extremely talent
in scoring goals, most of them from inside the penalty box.
His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic, almost netting
in every second match. He is still the player with most goals for
England in the World Cup, and finished to scorer in the 86 wc in Mexico,
when England with two other Leicester City former players also appearing,
Peter Shilton and Terry Fenwick.
Lineker formed a great partnership up front with Alan Smith, and they
together with Steve Lynex formed an attacking force that first made it
possible to get promoted from the 2nd tier in 1982-83, and later
securing the place in the top flight with a great end to their first
season back in the 1st division, 1983-84.
Lineker made his debut for England, when on the books at Leicester,
coming on as a sub against Scotland in 1984. He finished his tally with
80 caps all together, being substituted in his last international in the
92 Euro's, with former Leicester team mate Alan Smith coming on. They
were playing at Spurs and Arsenal at the time.
Lineker never won the league in England, but came close with Everton in
1985-86, finishing 2nd after Liverpool, who also defeated Lineker and
Everton in the final of the FA Cup. Lineker made a big money move away
from Leicester, a new club record fee of £ 800 000, a year later he
moved to Barcelona for £ 2 800 000.
He said in an interview that he never believed he would play for the
Leicester first team, and he really got surprised when he was picked for
the reserves. He just did what came natural to score goals, and had no
mind to anything else.
After a long career in European football he decided to move to Japan to
the end, and played for Nagoya Grampus Eight. Gordon Milne, his former
manager at Leicester, who actually sold him to Everton and paired him
with Alan Smith, was then the man in charge of the Japanese club.
Later in life Lineker has always been a great ambasador for Leicester
City, helping the club in crises and also showing his support whenever
he can on the BBC Match of the Day where he has been a host for a long
period of time.
He never received a yellow or red card during his long career and must
be seen as one of the real gentlemen of the sport and being just
fantastic. Today he is also knows for tweeting his tweets often and
sometimes wrong, as he was when Leicester City appointed Claudio Ranieri
as boss, and won the Premier League.