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Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame

Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have become the first two players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of players since the league was formed in 1992 with former Newcastle striker Shearer, the league's all-time leading goalscorer, and Henry - who won the title twice and the Golden Boot award a record four times - the first inductees.

Shearer said: "When you look at some of the unbelievable players to have graced the Premier League - week in, week out, year in, year out - I feel very honoured to join the Hall of Fame. I have to thank all of my team-mates, as well as the managers and coaches that I've worked with.

"All I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer. It was my dream to do that, my dream to win trophies and my dream to score at St James' Park, to wear the number nine black-and-white shirt and it was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it."

Henry added: "To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special.

"When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots and now we're talking about the Hall of Fame. During my career I wanted to play hard and make sure I was fighting for the cause, because that's all the fans want to see.

"If you asked me at the start of my career about entering the Hall of Fame, I wouldn't have believed you. It's an amazing honour."

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