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Emotional Lineker hails 'impossible' Leicester triumph

Former striker Gary Lineker believes Leicester achieved the impossible after the Foxes were crowned Barclays Premier League champions.

Lineker will now have to present an episode of Match of the Day next season in his underpants following a pledge made on Twitter after the Foxes' 2-1 win over Chelsea in December.

Lifelong Leicester fan Gary Lineker says he got emotional when Leicester were crowned champions. Credit: PA

Lineker told Radio 5 Live: '''I just think it's generally the biggest sporting shock. I can't think of anything that surpasses it. When it's your own team it's too extraordinary. Too difficult to put over in words.

''To be honest I got a bit emotional at the end of the game. I just couldn't hold it back. It was quite hard to breathe the last few minutes to be honest.

''I've followed them since I was a little kid...I saw them in a cup final - lose - that was the closest we ever got to big glory. Won the league cup a couple of times but this is just something else. This is actually impossible.

''There were no odds that I would have taken at the start of the season. No odds. You could have given me 10 million to one and I'd have said 'Nah, it's a waste of a quid'.

''It's extraordinary. I'm from there and I went to play for them for a couple of years. I even kind of part owned them for a while when they were in trouble.

"To see where they are now and to enjoy this moment especially with my family, it's incredible.''

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Lineker defends BBC decision not to show Bradford FA Cup tie live on TV

Gary Lineker claims the BBC would have screened Bradford's FA Cup fifth-round clash if their opponents had been known when the TV picks were made, before the fourth-round replays.

The BBC was criticised for overlooking the League One club after their giant-killing of Chelsea. Of the eight fifth-round ties played this weekend, Bradford's was one of three not shown live by either the BBC or BT Sport.

The Bantams made the broadcasters regret their decision by beating Sunderland 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1976.

Sunderland had needed a replay to get past Fulham in the fourth round and Lineker claimed on Twitter that that was a key factor in the BBC picking Aston Villa's clash with Leicester and Man Utd's trip to Preston on Monday night instead.

Lineker: Any help 'has got to come from Gazza himself'

Former footballer and sports presenter Gary Lineker has said Paul Gascoigne has got to help himself recover from his alcohol problems.

Speaking at a TV conference in Edinburgh, he said: "I wish him well but ultimately it's got to come from Paul."

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Gary Lineker calls for World Cup 2022 re-vote

Former England player and football pundit Gary Lineker has called for a re-vote over who should host the 2022 World Cup following fresh allegations regarding Qatar's bid.

He wrote on Twitter:

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