Match of the Day's Gary Lineker gets 'best news ever' as host missing from BBC coverage

Match of the Day's Gary Lineker
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Gary Lineker described news of his former Match of the Day co-star Alan Hansen being out of hospital as the 'best news ever' a week on from the presenter stopping the show for an emotional tribute to the much loved pundit.

Despite the fact that the BBC aired two matches from Euro 2024 at exactly the same time on Sunday, as the fate of the teams from Group A was decided, with Scotland taking on Hungary and Germany playing Switzerland; Gary was nowhere to be seen during either broadcast, with Gabby Logan taking the reins on BBC1 for the first tie and Mark Chapman doing the honours for Germany v Switzerland.

But, while he wasn't on air, a delighted Gary was very much active on social media in the hours leading up to kick off, with him celebrating that fact that ex Liverpool star Alan had been discharged from hospital, having sparked a wealth of concern when it was announced by the Reds last week that he was 'severely unwell.'

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Sharing a statement released by Liverpool to break news of the improvement in Alan's condition, Gary wrote: "The best news ever," with his own post getting plenty of responses from fans. One of his followers commented: "Fantastic news.. heal well Alan" and a second replying: "Delighted to hear this. Could see the emotion in you and Shearer when talking about Alan Jocky Hansen"

The latter comment was referring to the tributes paid by ex England strikers Lineker and Shearer as they talked about Alan on June 15's Match of the Day. In the build up of Italy v Albania, Gary began: "It's been a tough week for everyone associated with Match of the Day. The news that Alan Hansen is seriously ill in hospital shocked us all."

Gary then handed over to Alan, who sat beside him and remarked: "We are all great friends with Al. We know he's a character, we know he's a fighter, we know how tough he is. So we're thinking of you big man and we're hoping, we're praying for you."

Gary added~: "Everyone at Match of the Day sends love and thoughts to Janet, Lucy and Adam and the grandchildren. To use an analogy of Lan's favourite past time golf - you might be three down with four to play, but if anyone can come back it's Alan. I've never known a more competitive person in my life. We're all with you Big Al."