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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

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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.

Shearer statue to be unveiled in Newcastle

The Alan Shearer statue waiting to be unveiled Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 16 foot high brass statue of Alan Shearer will be unveiled at Newcastle United's ground today.

The former Newcastle and England star will perform the ceremony himself outside St. James' Park.

The cost of creating the statue has been met by former owner Freddy Shepherd, and his family.

Scores of Newcastle footballing legends are expected to attend the unveiling at noon along with Alan Shearer and his family as well as celebrities and fans.

Following his then-world record transfer - with Newcastle paying Blackburn Rovers £15 million for the England striker - Shearer went on to score 206 goals for Newcastle. Today he remains unchallenged as the Premier League's all-time record goal scorer with 260 goals. He also scored 30 times in a 63-match England career.

Freddy Shepherd said: "Alan was one of the greatest players ever to wear the Newcastle shirt. It is now 10 years since he retired and our family decided that fans shouldn't have to wait any longer for his unique career to be properly recognised."

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