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BBC’s Alan Shearer blasts Brazil forward Fred

Neymar has the ability to make this his World Cup
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Former England forward Alan Shearer didn’t hold back recently when discussing Brazil national team striker Fred and was scathing in his criticism of the 30-year-old.

Shearer, who now works for the BBC as a pundit, was quoted by UOL as stating the Fluminense forward isn’t good enough to spearhead the host nation.

“Fred is pulling the team down and I'm surprised that he has played in two games as a starter for Brazil,” Shearer admitted.

“He does not move, does not help the team and Brazil seems to be playing with 10 all the time.

“He may not be the centre forward of a Brazilian national team in a World Cup.”

The former England and Newcastle ace was full of praise for Barcelona’s Neymar but does feel the youngster needs to have a good World Cup.

Shearer believes the 22-year-old can follow in the footsteps of club team mate Lionel Messi and become the star of the tournament.

He said: "It is clear that Neymar is a great player, but he will need to be the ace of this World Cup.

“There is not much difference from Lionel Messi. In this tournament those players have the chance to immortalize their status."


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