Gary Lineker praises "superb" Alan Hansen following retirement announcement

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Gary Lineker praises Alan Hansen following the ex-footballer's announcement that he is leaving Match of the Day after the World Cup.

Former England footballer and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has paid tribute to Alan Hansen's punditry career.

The ex-Liverpool defender announced his decision to leave the BBC football highlights and analysis show following 22 years with the broadcasters.

Lineker wrote on Twitter: "Alan Hansen has announced he will retire at the end of the season. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him. Wish him well.

"In my opinion, as a television football pundit, Alan Hansen has been for two decades consistently the best. Opinionated, knowledgeable, tactically superb."

Hansen will leave the show for good after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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