Glenn Hoddle describes Alan Shearer as a 'wonderful striker' and the perfect role model for kids.
Newcastle hitman Shearer was Glenn's England captain in his time in charge of the national team.
And as the pair come face-to-face at St James Park on Sunday, Glenn admits if he was still in charge of England, he would have tried to have persuaded Shearer out of his international retirement and take him to this summer's World Cup.
One of the greats, Shearer heads the all-time Premiership goalscoring list, bagged 27 goals last season and already has 14 to his name this time around.
He scored 30 goals in 63 England appearances before calling time on his international career after Euro 2000.
Glenn said: "Alan is a super player and always has been.
"He's also taken a very difficult decision I would imagine for him to stay out of the international scene so that he could play like he's playing now.
"If I was manager of the England side I would have tried to have persuaded him to go to the World Cup only and have the best of both worlds. That's how highly I rate him still.
"He's still a wonderful, wonderful striker and one youngsters should be looking at. They would learn a lot from him."