Gary Lineker picks a Leicester City theme for his new dog

‘Meet Filbert’: Gary Lineker picks a Leicester City theme for his new dog – a rescue from Los Angeles – as the Match of the Day presenter shows him off on Twitter and says ‘I’ve been dogless for far too long’

  • Gary Lineker has posted his first pictures with his new dog Filbert on Twitter
  • The rescue dog from LA is named after Leicester’s former Filbert Street home 
  • Ex-striker Lineker was left devastated when his Labrador Snoop died in 2019 
  • He said it was ‘love at first sight’ when he first met Filbert through foster parent 

Gary Lineker has shown off his new dog on Twitter and has used inspiration from his former club Leicester City to help name him.

The Match of the Day presenter seemed more than happy as he posted a photo of him and the rescue dog from Los Angeles for the first time on social media.

At the same time he announced he had named the dog ‘Filbert’, in reference to the the Premier League side’s former stadium.

Gary Lineker has shown off his new dog on Twitter and has used inspiration from his former club Leicester City to help name him

Former Barcelona and England striker Lineker was left devastated when his Labrador Snoop died in 2019.

But writing in his Twitter post, Lineker said: ‘Meet Filbert, the new and already much loved member of the Lineker family. He’s a rescue from the streets of LA.

‘Met him through his foster parent and friend Reggie, @r_breakspear on a recent holiday, and it was love at first sight. I’ve been dogless for far too long.’

Lineker then posted his first selfie with the dog, which saw comedian Ricky Gervais poke fun at the ex-forward by tweeting in reply: ‘Love those big ears. (Too easy).’

The former England striker also posted selfie with the rescue dog from LA called Filbert

The 61-year-old simply replied by saying ‘Oi’ followed by several laughing emojis. 

He also posted another artistic shot of Filbert looking at the sunrise with the caption: ‘Yes, Filbert, We get sunshine here too sometimes.’

The dog is named after Filbert Street stadium, the home of Leicester for more than a century between 1891 and 2002 where Lineker himself played between 1978 and 1985 prior to his move to Everton.

The club have since moved on to the King Power Stadium, where they won the 2016 Premier League title.

The dog is named after Leicester’s former Filbert Street home, where Lineker himself played

Lineker was left crestfallen after losing Snoop in 2019, tweeting at the time: ‘Profoundly saddened to tell you that my beloved dog, Snoop, passed away last night.

‘He was my friend, my companion, my boy.

‘Whether I left the house for 2 weeks, 2 days or 2 minutes he would greet me with equal measure of enthusiasm and love.

‘I’ll miss him greatly. RIP Snoop.’

They then moved to the King Power Stadium in 2002, where they won the Premier League in 2016

But with Filbert he will now continue the trend of former footballers posting images of them with their dogs on social media, after Man United Roy Keane was seen awkwardly swinging from a tree while walking his earlier this week.

In the clip, Keane first sizes up the rope and then lifts his foot into the noose before awkwardly swinging back and forth.

The former hard-tackling midfielder has a big grin on his face while swinging from the tree, and his antics clearly tickled old team-mate David Beckham.

The latter commented on the post with a laughing emoji to show his appreciation for the unlikely stunt.




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