Aug 15, 2016

    Lineker strips to underwear on air over bet


    FORMER England striker Gary Lineker kept a promise to present BBC's Match Of The Day programme in his underpants on Saturday.

    With co-presenters Alan Shearer and Ian Wright giggling, a straight-faced Lineker introduced the first show of the new Premier League season sporting white boxer shorts emblazoned with the club badge of Leicester City.

    The 55-year-old had vowed on Twitter to shed most of his clothes for the show if Leicester, the team he supports, nailed the league title last term.

    He told "When I tweeted that silly bet back in December, I categorically knew there was zero chance of Leicester winning the league. Zero chance.

    "It happened but it was magical, it was great."

    The new season did not start quite so well for Claudio Ranieri's men on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Hull City.

    Lineker stayed in his underwear as Shearer and Wright analysed Leicester's opening-day defeat. But as the programme moved on to the second match, he told viewers: "Enough of this nonsense, I'm going to get dressed."

    Lineker scored 95 goals in 187 league starts for Leicester from 1978 to 1985 before leaving his first club for spells at Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

    He also netted 48 times in 80 appearances for England.