Gary Lineker fulfils promise to host Match of the Day in his pants

Former England captain Lineker, 55, pledged to “do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies” if former club Leicester won the Premier League.

The Foxes went on to win their first top-flight title by 10 points.

“It is a one-off and a sporting miracle that has landed me in my underwear,” said Lineker, who scored 95 goals in 194 appearances for Leicester.

“When I tweeted that silly bet back in December, I categorically knew there was zero chance of Leicester winning the league. Zero chance. It happened but it was magical, it was great.”

Lineker managed to keep a straight face, while MOTD pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright giggled in the background, as he opened the programme.

Lineker stayed in his underwear as Shearer and Wright analysed Leicester’s opening-day defeat by Hull. But as the programme moved on to the second match, he told viewers: “Enough of this nonsense – I’m going to get dressed!”

He returned to discuss Manchester City’s game against Sunderland wearing a shirt and trousers.

‘4,000 sit-ups a day for 20 seconds of telly’ – social media reaction

“We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you!” Lineker’s MOTD colleague Alan Shearer posted a message of support on his Instagram account
Fellow BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker questioned whether Gary’s underwear counted as ‘pants’…
…as did former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
Manish Bhasin, another Leicester-supporting BBC presenter, compares Lineker’s underwear with the Foxes’ defeat at Hull
Stoke and former England striker Peter Crouch could not believe Lineker managed to stay professional in front of the camera
BBC Sport pundit Kevin Kilbane was surprised Lineker went through with it
Presenter and comedian Danny Baker praised Lineker with the help of a pants-related pun

Lineker tweeted following Leicester’s 2-1 win against then champions Chelsea, a victory which moved the leaders two points clear after 16 games.

And his preparation for Saturday’s Match of the Day did not just include meticulous pre-match research and practising his lines…