Ian Wright has shared a text message he received from Alan Shearer, after the Newcastle legend told him that his grandson is better than him.
Both Wright and Shearer have struck up a wholesome partnership on Match of The Day, but they were once rivals during their playing days as they battled to be England's main man. Shearer holds the Premier League goalscoring record, and Wright became Arsenal's top scorer until a certain Thierry Henry came along.
Unlike Shearer, both of Wright's sons have enjoyed established footballing careers, but now his grandson has entered the professional stage. D'Margio Wright-Phillips scored a last-gasp equaliser for Stoke on Wednesday, and Shearer celebrated the goal by poking fun at his on-screen colleague.
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D'Margio is the son of former Chelsea and Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips, who happens to be the son of Wright as three generations of their family have now graced the beautiful game. D'Margio is just 20, but celebrated scoring his second Championship goal on Wednesday, and capped it off with an acrobatic celebration.
Shearer noticed that Wright-Phillips had denied Middlesbrough their first win of the season, and messaged Wright to let him know that his grandson was better than him. Shearer texted Wright saying: "He's better than you. He's better than you. D'Margio Wright-Phillips, he's better than you."
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Of course, Wright must be an extremely proud grandfather, but still couldn't help but bite back at the Newcastle legend. "F*** off @AlanShearer," he posted on Twitter while attaching a screenshot of the message.
Wright is still adored by Arsenal fans for his incredible service to the club, and he is also still held in high regard by Crystal Palace supporters. Wright saw both his sons Bradley and Shaun succeed in their pro careers, and now the next generation is upon us.
Bradley moved to the United States back in 2013 after calling time on his career in England, and remains the all-time top goalscorer for New York Red Bulls. Wright-Phillips also represented LAFC and Columbus Crew during his tour of the MLS, and even returned to New York in 2022 before retiring.
He was also joined in New York by brother Shaun in 2015 for a singular season. Now, attention has turned to the next generation, as D'Margio is highly rated at Stoke City, and if he can emulate the career of his grandfather, England have a star on their hands.
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