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Alan Shearer has insisted joining boyhood club Newcastle over Manchester United in 1996 was the 'best decision' he ever made.
The former England striker is one of the first players to be inducted into the Premier League's Hall of Fame alongside Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on Monday.
Following his accolade, Shearer reflected on his successful career and remains adamant it was the right call to return home rather than chase glory with the Red Devils.
'I left home in 1985 to go to Southampton to start my career,'.
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'It had been 10 or 11 years and I thought 'you know what, I'm going to go back home'.
'It meant that much to me and I wanted to have some great years at Newcastle where I could still play and not go back in my thirties and not see the best of me.
'It was the best decision I ever made, I know I would have won more trophies at United but the ten years I had there were unbelievably special, it was everything I hoped and wanted and more.'
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Shearer returned to the North East in 1996 after four years with Blackburn, who he helped win the Premier League in 1995.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who had tried to sign the striker in 1992, showed an interest once again but was unable to tempt him to Old Trafford.
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'The No 9 shirt in Newcastle is very important, very special.
'I watched No 9s when I was a youngster in Newcastle growing up, it was always my dream to play for them and have that shirt.
'I was aware of the interest, and also the interest of Manchester United. I spoke to both managers at the time, Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan, and I was very close to going to United.
'In fact I'd chosen a house I was going to buy and then I thought 'you know what, I'm going to go back home'.
Shearer is the Premier League's all-time leading scorer with 260 goals.
Henry and Shearer inaugurate the Hall of Fame of Premier League .
© supplied by Sofoot Henry among the stars. The Premier League announced the creation of a Hall of Fame some time ago. The first two members were unveiled this morning, and we start with the attackers.