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Alan Shearer picks the best defender he played against in his career

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Alan Shearer is rightfully one of the most legendary strikers in the history of English football and is still a respected pundit.

The bullish English forward is still the Premier League's record goal scorer, notching an unbelievable 260 strikes, a number that is unlikely to be matched or beaten anytime soon.

He was at his devastating best for both Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United and at the peak of his powers, he was a defender's worst nightmare.

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However, even the greatest have to admit that their has been opposition that have given them a tough time on the pitch.

Down the years, Shearer played against the finest defenders the world has to offer and he has now admitted which one gave him the hardest time.

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Speaking with his Match of the Day colleagues Danny Murphy, Ian Wright and Gary Lineker, the man from Newcastle nominated the man who he dreaded facing.

"The best defender I've played against, and always say, was Tony Adams," he said, per Mirror.

"But not as good a footballer as some others?" asked Lineker.

Alan Shearer and Tony Adams

"His job was to defend and he was the best defender I played against," replied Shearer.

He then had a little snipe at another Arsenal man, Sol Campbell, suggesting that the Gunners legend was not the most formidable of opponents.

"[I] Didn't mind playing against Sol Campbell. I felt as though I could drag Sol to where I wanted to."

Newcastle v Arsenal X

So there you have it, Shearer's old Three Lions colleague was the best he faced.

Adams is widely recognised as one of the finest ever to grace the English game, with his no-nonsense style something the Gunners desperately miss today.

Alongside the likes of Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn, Arsenal had the best defence in the country but now, it is a department they are ridiculed for. How times change.

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