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All Quotes by author - Gary Lineker
" A couple of defeats, and you are gone - that's the danger of World Cups. "
" Are people like Tom Cruise in touch with their public? I doubt it. Footballers are more like the rock stars of yester-year: they are box office. "
" As footballers, you just grow up with people from different backgrounds and different colors of skin. "
" Basically, Walkers are putting real produce into their flavours, so the cheese and onion flavour is actually cheese and onion rather than just flavourings. "
" Being called Gary. It's a crap name. I wish I'd been called by my middle name, Winston. "
" Diving is a really, really difficult one because a player is the only one who genuinely knows whether they have dived. You can look at it at 40 different angles and not know. And you can just fall over, too. "
" Feel ashamed of my generation. We've let down our children and their children. "
" Ferrari or Lamborghini. Never fancied one of those - too flash for me. I don't really like seeking too much attention. "
" Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win. "
" Football is losing its heart and sense of humour. "
" Football matters so much to people, and they get very defensive - or angry. "
" Football's the big cheese, if you like. It's easy to have a swipe. There's a lot of footballers, and when they fall foul, they become big news. "
" Fundamentally, footballers don't look around a dressing room and think, 'He's a black player... he's Japanese.' They don't think like that. They think, 'He's a good player; he can help. He's not very good.' I'm not trying to defend anyone's actions, but there are going to be isolated incidents because it's an emotive, passionate sport. "
" I am not leaving twitter. If the mindless few defeat the thoughtful majority we are all doomed. "
" I can't understand why someone wouldn't have a degree of sympathy for people that had to flee their country, travel to try and find their home somewhere, and nobody wants them. How could you not be a little bit sympathetic? "
" I don't feel that I'm particularly political. I'm interested in politics; I'll express my view if I feel strongly about something, but humanitarian issues, I think, are slightly different. "
" I don't think there was a definite day, but it would have been around my mid-20s. I was always interested in the media side of things. When we travelled with England away, or to World Cups, I used to sit with journos while they wrote their copy. "
" If I hadn't have been good enough at football, I'd have been a sports journalist - which is what I do now anyway. Or a cricketer. I might have been a cricketer. "
" If somebody in the crowd spits at you, you've got to swallow it. "
" If you are at the top in entertainment, you earn money that you can never justify to ordinary people doing proper jobs. You can't. "
" I generally have a brand of brief on every day. "
" I hear it all the time in the street: 'It's the crisp bloke.' "
" I just think to be a manager you've got to live and breathe and have this incredible enthusiasm for football, the whole thing. And while I love the game, and it's been a large part of my life, it's not the only thing in my life. "
" I know I am extraordinarily lucky to be doing what I am doing. I have worked hard along the way and I have been blessed too. I have had a great life. "
" I know I could never be in a pop band. I honestly have an appalling voice. "
" I know people think that a lot of sports stars are a little bit up themselves, but they all have their heroes, too. "
" I'm disappearing from twitter for a while. Need a break from the bile. Local prejudice just seems to bring out the worst in some people. "
" I'm in good shape. "
" I'm more of a 5 Live man. But I might listen to a bit of Coldplay or The Smiths. "
" I'm not that moody. I don't have big ups and downs. "
Ups And Downs
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