Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer were reunited last night as they sat on the panel as part of the BBC coverage of Germany’s quarter-final with France.
The pair, who famously fell out after Gullit dropped Shearer ahead of a derby match with Sunderland in 1999, seemed to be at ease in each other’s company as they sat side by side in the studio.
But there was always a slight risk things could get a little awkward. After all, Newcastle did lose that derby match. And Gullit did lose his job.
Fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand certainly saw the funny side, as he tweeted: ‘We have a studio Love in here…Mr Shearer & Mr Gullit are hugging & joking around! Surprisingly very pally!’
And presenter Gary Lineker could not resist asking Gullit: ‘Have you ever left a big player out of a starting line-up?’ To which Gullit, pointing at Shearer, replied: ‘Yes, him’.
Shearer came back: ‘Yeah, and look what happened’.
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The old adversaries were soon laughing and shaking hands, however, even revealing they’d played golf together.
It just goes to show, time is a great healer.