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Alan Shearer among people confused by 'Dec and Ant'

Ant and Dec who picked up their OBEs at Buckingham Palace today. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle and England football legend Alan Shearer passed on his congratulations to Ant and Dec who picked up their OBEs at Buckingham Palace today.

Keen eyed social media users went into a mini-meltdown earlier at the unfamiliar sight of the Geordie duo stood in reverse order.

People receiving their awards were arranged in alphabetical order based on their surname, meaning Declan Donnelly was placed ahead of Ant McPartlin.

Dec collected his OBE ahead of best friend and co-presenter Ant Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Something which also surprised Shearer, who had expected the TV presenters to collect their honours together.

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Alan Shearer commends victims of football abuse after picking up CBE

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer commended the bravery of footballers who have spoken out about historical sex abuse as he was honoured for his charity work.

Alan Shearer receiving his CBE from Prince William. Credit: PA

The Premier League's all-time top scorer, who is an ambassador for the NSPCC, said he was "saddened" to hear of further allegations as the scandal continues to engulf the sport.

Shearer, who scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for the Three Lions, spoke as he was made a CBE by the Duke of Cambridge during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Asked about the current mood in the world of football, the 46-year-old said:

We feel very sorry for what's happened to the guys and commend their bravery for coming forward, which hopefully will help others come forward as well.

It hasn't been a great period for football - but we have to commend the guys' bravery.

– Alan Shearer, former Newcastle United striker

Alan Shearer to get CBE from Prince William

Alan Shearer is to get a CBE today Credit: PA

Former Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer is to be honoured for his charity work.

The Premier League's all-time top scorer is to be made a CBE by FA president the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Shearer was given the award in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June for his charitable services to the community in the North East.

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Shearer thanks famous supporters ahead of statue unveiling

A 16 foot high brass statue of Alan Shearer will be unveiled at Newcastle United's ground today. The Toon legend will be at St James' Park for the event and has some famous backing.

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