Shearer tips City to rule Premier League
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer expects Manchester City to dominate the Premier League following their historic title win on Sunday.
Manchester City stunned bitter rivals Manchester United with two late goals against QPR to clinch their first title in 44 years and with the financial backing the Sky Blues have, Shearer anticipated another off-season of big spending.
"I think they (Manchester City) will spend again in the summer," Shearer said at the Premier League 20 season awards.
"They can outbid anyone, they can pay bigger wages than anyone and when that happens, inevitably you're going to get the best players, so yes I can see them ruling for quite some time."
Shearer lamented Newcastle's failure to qualify for the Champions League after a sensational season and said they may not be able to sustain the type of success they have achieved.
"I don't know (if Newcastle United can sustain their form). They've had a magnificent season, it's a shame they just missed out on that fourth spot," he said.
"Even so I congratulate (manager) Alan (Pardew) and all his players but the hard work for Newcastle really starts now because when you finish in that position everyone wants you to improve and get better.
"Hopefully the can, whether or not remains to be seen."
Shearer also backed Stoke's lanky striker Peter Crouch for inclusion in England's Euro 2012 squad on the basis of his international record which stands at 22 goals in 42 matches.
The Stoke City striker has just 10 league goals this season but with Wayne Rooney suspended for the opening two group matches and Darren Bent ruled out through injury, Shearer believes he could provide the missing ingredient.
"Who the new manager puts in remains to be seen but I think Peter Crouch has got an excellent international goal scoring record so it wouldn't surprise me if he was in," he said.
"Maybe Danny Welbeck has got a chance of being there (in England's Euro 2012 squad).
"Maybe Peter Crouch, Ashley Young played his part in the qualifiers in a slightly different system (Fabio) Capello played so there are one or two spots up for grabs."
England face tough competition in Group D with hosts Ukraine, France and Sweden among the opposition but Shearer insists the unusual lack of expectation may have a positive effect.
"England are in a tough group, I believe," Shearer said.
"Certainly France in the first game and then Sweden, they might have to beat Ukraine in Ukraine to actually qualify so it'll be tough campaign but the expectations aren't there this year with England, no one is saying they can go on a win it, which might just work in their favour."