Lineker left with his pants down after Leicester glory

Former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker will now have to present an episode of Match of the Day in his underpants after a pledge made on Twitter when the Foxes beat Chelsea 2-1 in December.

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Claudio Ranieri's unheralded side were confirmed as title winners after Eden Hazard's 83rd-minute equaliser earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw with Tottenham that means Spurs cannot now overhaul the Foxes.

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Lineker told Radio 5Live: "It's extraordinary. Sat watching with three of my boys. Couple of Leicester fans they are. It was just so emotional, so incredible.

"It looked like it was going to go to next Saturday. Then that extraordinary second half. I just can't get my head round it.

"I just think it's generally the biggest sporting shock. I can't think of anything that surpasses it. When it's your own team it's too extraordinary. Too difficult to put over in words.

"To be honest I got a bit emotional at the end of the game. I just couldn't hold it back. It was quite hard to breathe the last few minutes to be honest.

"I've followed them since I was a little kid. I was a season-ticket holder until I was seven years old. I saw them in a cup final - lose - that was the closest we ever got to big glory. Won the league cup a couple of times but this is just something else. This is actually impossible.



"There were no odds that I would have taken at the start of the season. No odds. You could have given me 10 million to one and I'd have said 'Nah, it's a waste of a quid'.



Leicester Mayor and lifelong fan Sir Peter Soulsby said: "Everyone in Leicester thought 'it's okay, we'll do it against Everton at home' and then of course Chelsea, amazingly came back and took control of the second half.

"It's a brilliant team and a couple of brilliant managers. Nigel Pearson laid the foundations for it and Claudio Ranieri has taken it on brilliantly and we're enormously proud of the team.

"We've had some pretty dire seasons over the years and some pretty good seasons but nothing ever like this.

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage went as far as branding the feat the "greatest achievement in sporting history."

"I was with Muzzy Izzet at the weekend he was scoring goals in League One not all that long ago and now they're Premier League champions. The greatest achievement in sporting history. I don't think anything betters this. It's incredible.

"They've proved a lot of people wrong. I was a massive sceptic of Claudio Ranieri. I didn't think they could win it but they've proved me and a lot of people wrong and they thoroughly, thoroughly deserve it. What an amazing night."


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Published 3 May 2016 at 8:38am
Source: PA Sport