Former Premier League star Alan Shearer hasrevealedthat Arsenal legend Tony Adams was one of the best players he ever came up against during his career.
Shearer, who is now a media pundit, holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in Premier League history - 260 goals in 441 games -having starred for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United during his distinguished career.
But the 46-year-old has revealed that former England national teammate and league rival Tony Adams was the player that most caused him trouble:
Tony Adams was one of the best I played against,� Shearer told leading bookmakerCoral.
I had some great battles with Tony. He kicked me, I kicked him but we'd always shake hands at the end of the game.
He was a very good defender, a great organiser and leader.�
Former Arsenal captain Adams made an astonishing 668 appearances for the club during his 19-year affiliation with the Gunners, claiming 10 major trophies,and is hailed as one of the Premier League's all-time most talented defenders.
It's 20 years since Alan Shearer finished 3rd in the Ballon D'or.
Both players represented the Three Lions and made a combined129 appearancesfor the national side.
SInce their respective retirements, both have made ill-fated forays in management, with Shearer failing during his short stint withNewcastle United in 2009, culminating in their relegation, whilst Adams has only fared somewhat better, managing the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani outfit Gabala FK.