Gary Lineker 'chuffed' with TV career
Gary Lineker admits he is "more chuffed" about his career as a television presenter than what he achieved in football
Gary Lineker is "more chuffed" about his television career than his football one.
The 51-year-old star - who began playing football at Leicester City in 1978 - joined as a pundit on 'March of the Day' in 1995 before taking over from Des Lynam in 1999, and he admits he is glad to have overcome is fears to become a TV stalwart.
He told Readers Digest: "I'm almost more chuffed about what I've achieved in TV than what I did in football. I write everything I do and I really enjoy that, but it's not that easy to present live TV, dealing with autocues, getting in and out of questions with someone shouting in my earpiece.
"There were many times in the first couple of years when I thought I couldn't do it. But in the end, it was up to the public to decide if they liked me. I think that the pressures I experienced on the pitch helped me deal with all of that."
Gary admits people are often not "bothered" if he makes a mistake, but has tried to learn how to be as good a presenter as he can.
He added: "I've got rather a monotonous voice so I've had to make sure that my intonation is different o stop myself sounding too flat.
"Taking a penalty in a World Cup semi-final is the ultimate test of anybody's nerves. If you miss the goal, that really matters, but if you fluff your lines on TV, no one's particularly bothered except you."