Alan Shearer aims dig at Sunderland after Newcastle qualify for Champions League

Alan Shearer couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at Sunderland after Newcastle officially booked their place in next season’s Champions League.

Newcastle needed just a point from their final two games to qualify for the UCL and, though they nearly lost it in injury time, the Magpies got just that with a goalless draw against Leicester on Monday night.

It’s been a fantastic first full season under Eddie Howe and the Saudi-backed ownership and it means they’ll play in Europe’s premier competition for the first time in 20 years.

Newcastle legend Shearer captained the last side to play in the Champions League and was in the stands at St. James’ Park to watch his boyhood club get over the line.

And the former striker celebrated by making a little dig at Newcastle’s arch-rivals Sunderland, writing on Twitter: ‘Have you ever seen a Mackem in Milan?’

He also joked with his fellow Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker, a Leicester legend, saying: ‘How you feeling Gary Lineker? Did you get excited when your team crossed the half way line!!?’ in reference to the Foxes ultra-defensive and rather poor performance.

The point for Leicester has somewhat helped their chances of avoiding relegation with Dean Smith’s side still in the drop zone but now just two points behind 17th-placed Everton with a much better goal difference.

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