Growth type: Early/Lasting
As a player, Shearer was often styled as a classic English centre-forward, owing to his strength, heading ability and strong shot. Of his 206 Newcastle goals, 49 of them were scored with his head. Earlier in his career, especially at Southampton, Shearer played a more creative role; providing chances for fellow strikers, and making runs into space. Later on in his career, Shearer played a more forward role; his age meant that he lost much of the pace which served him on the south coast. Able to hold the ball up well, he also functioned as a target man, providing balls for other players. Although his strength allowed him to hold on to the ball, his playing style sometimes brought him criticism; most commonly that his play was too physical, and that he used his elbows too aggressively: it was this which led to both of his sendings off, although one was rescinded.
Shearer was noted as a proficient penalty taker for both club and country, and he scored 45 times from the spot for Newcastle, where he was the first-choice taker. He was also an able free-kick taker, scoring five goals directly from set-pieces for the north-east club, despite not being first-choice free-kick taker during most of his time at Newcastle.
Premier League Winner (1994/95)
63 Caps 30 Goals
Euro '96 Golden Boot (5 goals)
Highest-ever Premiership goalscorer (260 goals)
PFA Players' Player of the Year: 1995, 1997
Football Writers' Association Player of the Year: 1994
Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame: 2004
Included in the FIFA 100 list of the 'greatest living footballers'.
Awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to association football