Gary Lineker brilliantly responds to Sweden’s Euro 2020 star Alexander Isak not knowing who England legend is

MATCH OF THE DAY presenter Gary Lineker has reacted to Sweden star Alexander Isak calling him an ‘old player’.

The 60-year-old England legend had a good chuckle about the youngster’s comments with fellow ex-professional Micah Richards.

Alexander Isak, 21, claimed he was too young to be an expert on England legend Gary LinekerCredit: BBC

Lineker, 60, found the youngster's comments hilarious on Match of the Day

Lineker, 60, found the youngster’s comments hilarious on Match of the DayCredit: BBC

Following Sweden’s win against Slovakia at Euro 2020, Lineker tweeted: “Don’t think there’s much doubt that Alexander Isak will attract a lot of attention from clubs across Europe.

“Exceptional talent.”

A journalist noticed the England legend’s kind words and told the 21-year-old about them.

Isak replied: “I am not that aware of him… It’s an old player working in the studio?”

The journalist then revealed Lineker was the golden boot winner at the 1986 World Cup, although the Sweden star still didn’t seem too bothered.

Isak said: “I wasn’t born then but I have a little bit of knowledge about him.”

Isak was named 'Star of the Match' for his performance against Slovakia

Isak was named ‘Star of the Match’ for his performance against SlovakiaCredit: Getty

And during BBC Sport’s live coverage of Spain vs Poland this evening, Richards asked Lineker: “Isak, he’s been talking about you, hasn’t he?”

After watching Isak’s press conference again, the ex-Spurs striker joked: “I said really nice things about him!

“An old player in a studio? I don’t know where to go from that.”

Richards was loving the banter, replying: “How does it feel when no one knows you? Now you know how I feel!”

To which the presenter laughed: “Yeah.”

Lineker – England’s third-highest all-time scorer with 48 goals – has been Match of the Day’s main presenter since 1999, the same year Isak was born.

The former Borussia Dortmund player has been Sweden’s talisman at Euro 2020 so far and is likely to start their final group match against Poland on Wednesday, June 23.

He’s just enjoyed an excellent season for Real Sociedad, scoring 17 LaLiga goals last term.

And reports suggest Arsenal are interested in signing Isak this summer.

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