GARY Lineker has sparked health fears by saying his memory is so poor he cannot recall goals he scored in a glittering career.

There is rising awareness of ex-footballers with dementia linked to heading a ball in their playing days.

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The former striker scored 48 times for England and hit 238 club goals but admits he can barely remember any.

And the Match of the Day host said he had questioned: “What’s wrong with me?”

The tap-in specialist, 61, was asked how many of his goals he remembered during An Evening with Gary Lineker event at London’s Design Museum,

He replied: “Hardly any.”

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And when his remarks prompted laughter, the ex-Barcelona star continued: “No, I’m not joking. I’m genuine and it worries me a little bit.

“But I’ve always been like that.

“I was at Atletico Madrid’s ground recently.

“Someone said, ‘Did you score here?’


“I went ‘I don’t think so, and he went, ‘You scored five goals in this ground.’

“I was deeply worried. What’s wrong with me?

“This has been the same for 20-odd years”

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Although he did not specifically mention dementia, his comments come amid growing evidence of the link with heading.

He helped launch a campaign last August to help sportspeople affected by it.

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