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Alan Shearer Was The King Of The Indirect Free Kick Inside The Box

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Alan Shearer Was The King Of The Indirect Free Kick Inside The Box

Alan Shearer is the greatest goal scorer the Premier League has ever seen, and it's no wonder when he even perfected indirect free kicks in the box.

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Shearer scored 260 goals in the Premier League, across 14 seasons for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, and is yet to be beaten.

The former league winner, who won his medal as part of the SAS strikeforce at Blackburn, is known for being a traditional number nine.

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Shearer could power home a header, strike anywhere inside the penalty area, or even blast it home from outside the box, to notch up all his goals, and he even conquered the rarest of goalscoring opportunities, the indirect free kick in the box.

It's rare that a referee needs to award one, as it's usually only from a pass back to the goalkeeper, and rarer still that it gets scored, but the Newcastle captain did it to perfection against West Brom.

Everything from the free kick is perfect. Nolberto Solano stops the West Brom defence from running at the free kick before he's touched it.

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As they go back onto the line to set themselves, Solano catches them unaware and rolls the ball into the space in front of his teammate.

With enough room to just run onto the ball, Shearer smashes it low and through the legs of the defender and into the back of the net, brilliant.

Shearer's armed raised celebration became iconic due to how often fans saw it. Image: PA Images
Shearer's armed raised celebration became iconic due to how often fans saw it. Image: PA Images

However it wasn't just for his club side that the former Southampton striker proved he was able to score in any position for.

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Shearer also scored an indirect free kick for England during his career.

This time it was in a World Cup qualifier in 1997, with Glenn Hoddle's side taking on Georgia at Wembley.

Teddy Sheringham rolls the ball behind him for his strike partner, making it more difficult for the defence to get to the ball, and this time Shearer smashes it high in the goal, past the keeper.

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Is there anything Shearer couldn't do?

Featured Image Credit: PA/Twitter

Topics: Football, Premier League, Alan Shearer, Newcastle United

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