Sir Bobby Robson Trophy: Final Score - England 3 Germany 2

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

NEWCASTLE United hero Alan Shearer scored from the penalty spot to clinch the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy for an all-star England side.

The former Magpies number nine gave England a 3-2 lead on 79 minutes, leaving the mix of former professionals and celebrities to hold on for 11 minutes before victory was secured.

Shearer's winner was the only goal in the second half of the replayed World Cup 1990 semi final between England and Germany, England having recovered from two goals down to go in on level terms at half-time.

Fellow former Newcastle United stars Les Ferdinand and Alan Thompson netted to restore parity after a youthful and energetic German side had taken control early on.

Ex-Magpies Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascogine lifted the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy at full-time.

Gascoigne said it had been a fantastic occasion for Sir Bobby - who is suffering from cancer - and the fans.

He said of Sir Bobby: "He is a battler and it is great to see him here."

About 33,000 people were present at Newcastle's St James' Park to witness the emotional scenes of Sir Bobby being brought onto the pitch in a wheechair before kick-off.

The former England boss and North-East legend waved to the crowds before being given a guard of honour, shaking hands with the players and being presented with a UEFA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The match was staged to raise money for his cancer charity, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

See The Northern Echo on Monday, July 27, for full match report, pictures and reaction.

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