Shearer defiant on World Cup decision.

Last updated : 15 May 2002 By Luke Thornhill
"I feel that I've been vindicated because of my performances for Newcastle United this season," said the former England captain today.

"I have had three career-threatening injuries and I really believe it was impossible to do both jobs as England captain and at Newcastle at the same time - at least not as well as I would have wanted.

"This is the first summer I've had off since I was 20."

And welld eserved it is too, Alan.