England Under-21s' failure at the European Championship can be partly attributed to the Premier League which has "created its own monster", according to Alan Shearer.
Gareth Southgate's men crashed out of the group stage of a major competition for the third time in a row, leading to much soul searching in how England approach international tournaments.
Shearer, who scored 13 times in 11 Under-21 appearances before going onto forge a successful senior international career, believes the country are being held back by youngsters not being able to develop naturally as a result of scrutiny placed on any player in the top flight.
"There is no longer an environment at the top level where a player can just evolve," said Shearer in his column in the Sun.
"The Premier League has, in many ways, created its own monster. Young players who show potential are immediately catapulted to a level that is undeserving.
"With that comes demands for bigger contracts from agents and suddenly a teenager or someone in their early 20s is commanding £100,000 a week. With that contract just a little bit of the kid's hunger is taken away.
"Our Premier League is a terrific product. It is exciting to watch but that deludes us into thinking it is of the highest standard. It is not. In fact the standard is not as good now as it was 10 years ago."
It looks as though a statue of Alan Shearer is finally to be erected somewhere in Newcastle.
That is according to Newcastle United's former chairman Freddy Shepherd, although, who originally commissioned the sculpture eight years ago.
Although he isn't quite sure where yet it will be erected.
See what Freddy Shepherd says here:
Shearer scored 206 goals for the club during a 10-year career on Tyneside.
The Northumberland artist, Tom Maley, who was initially commissioned eight years ago, will now complete the 9’6“ statue, which will take four months to cast, with Shepherd’s family business, Shepherd Offshore, covering the cost.
There were mixed reactions on the streets of Newcastle to proposals to erect a statue to former Newcastle footballer Alan Shearer outside St James's Park.
Some said he was a football hero and a charity fundraiser and deserved the recognition. But one man said he was a "minor legend" and not a major legend in the same category of Sir Bobby Robson and Jackie Milburn.
For a round up of the comments click below.
The sculptor commissioned to create statues of Newcastle football heroes Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn says it would be lovely to get the "job done".
It's eight years since Tom Maley began work on the two statues. But the project was put on hold as the club battled relegation. The original statues have been left in his workshop ever since.
Tom Maley - Shearer Sculptor
Former Newcastle United chief Freddy Shepherd is talks with ex-captain Alan Shearer over the future of a sculpture of the famous number nine.
Mr Shepherd commissioned artist Tom Maley to create the sculpture but the plans were halted by club owner Mike Ashley - Shearer said during an appearance on Sky Sports.
The original plan was for a 9ft bronze statue to be put up outside of the ground next to the statue of Jackie Milburn.
Sculptor Tom Maley has almost finished the project after a down payment for the statue was paid during Mr Shepherd's era. According to The Chronicle, he said several smaller prototypes have already been created and he just needs to increase the scale of the artwork before it is set in bronze.
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Caroline O'Doherty from the Sick Children's Trust explains how much hard work went into building and opening the new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital which houses families of poorly children.
After opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital, alongside Alan Shearer, Declan Donnelly, from celebrity duo Ant & Dec said the opportunity for families to be able to stay with their children during their heart operations 'at a really incredibly stressful time' would be 'a Godsend'.
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says the club's current crop of players need to 'stand up and perform' to relieve the pressure on manager Alan Pardew.
The Magpies are yet to win a Premier League match this season and are currently 18th in the table after seven games played.
Shearer was speaking at the National Football Museum in Manchester after being inducted into the Football Association's Hall of Fame.
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec) are opening brand new family accommodation for families of child heart patients at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The celebrity presenters and Newcastle United legend are unveiling Scott House, a £1.85mil ‘Home for Home’, as part of their work for the The Sick Children's Trust and Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), where they are patrons.
The free accommodation hopes to give emotional, as well as practical support for families through en-suite rooms and a self-contained flat for families with children who have undergone a heart transplant.
The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.
Alan Shearer has offered his support to former England footballer Paul Gascoigne after his latest battle with alcoholism.
Gascoigne was admitted to Poole Hospital this week after paramedics were called to his home in Dorset.
He's having a tough time at the minute. I hope he doesn't give up. I hope he keeps on fighting.