Alan Shearer pokes fun at Sunderland as Newcastle United seal Champions League qualification

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Alan Shearer couldn’t resist a jibe at Sunderland after Newcastle United qualifed for the Champions League.

Not since the days of Alan Shearer have Newcastle United played Champions League football - but the 20-year wait is over.

Although the Magpies failed to beat relegation-threatened Leicester City at St James’ Park, a draw was all that was required to end the club’s long absence from Europe’s elite.

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Eddie Howe’s side now head to Chelsea on the final day of the Premier League season this Sunday in party mode.

“It’s a big relief actually, an amazing night to see the supporters,” United head coach Howe said. “It is just a general reaction to what we’ve achieved - it is incredible. It’s been a great evening for us.”

Among those celebrating tonight is club legend Shearer, Newcastle’s record goalscorer. “Champions league anybody,” he tweeted. And he couldn’t resist a dig at bitter rivals Sunderland.

“Have you ever seen a Mackem in Milan?” Shearer jibed, a chant Newcastle fans sang across the evening.

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Shearer scored twice as Newcastle drew 2-2 with Inter Milan at the San Siro in 2003.

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