Gary Lineker appeared on TV in his underpants

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker appeared on TV in his underpants, making good on his promise if Leicester won the Premier League last season.

The former Tottenham striker opened the hugely popular football show at 10.30pm on Saturday night to present highlights from the opening day of the league. Pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright were laughing in the background.

The 55-year-old wore white-and-blue Leicester shorts for the first 30 minutes of the show, then appeared back on screen fully dressed.

He said: “It is a one-off and a sporting miracle that has landed me in my underwear.”

Leicester is Lineker’s boyhood club, and he scored 94 goals in 194 matches for the Foxes. At the start of the 2015/16 season, Leicester were 5,000-1 outsiders to be crowned champions.

A tweet from him on December 14, 2015, said he would “do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies”, if the Foxes, at the time shock title challengers, saw the job through.

Fifteen minutes before the show started, on BBC One, Lineker tweeted: “this is strangely terrifying”.

There was huge social media interest over what he was wearing and the reaction was positive, although fellow presenter, Dan Walker, joked: “4,000 sit-ups a day for 20 seconds on telly. Well played Gary Lineker. Were they pants or shorts, though?”

Lineker then introduced Leicester’s game at Hull, which the champions lost 2-1.


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