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Gary Lineker’s younger brother Wayne leads the family tributes as Match Of The Day host turns 60

Gary Lineker’s younger brother and four sons led the family tributes on Monday as the former England striker celebrated his 60th birthday.

Lineker, who reached the milestone on November 30th, had been inundated with messages from fans throughout the day – with many drawing attention to his illustrious playing career. 

And brother Wayne, 58, recalled their early years in Leicester, where the Match Of The Day host’s football career began with local side Leicester City in 1976. 

Special day: Gary Lineker’s younger brother Wayne led the family tributes on Monday as the former England striker celebrated his 60th birthday

Sharing a series of childhood photos with followers, he wrote: ‘Happy Birthday 60th big bro ..I will always be proud of you. Love you lots.’ 

It’s understood that Wayne, who co-owns popular Ibiza bar O Beach, and Gary were previously at the heart of a family rift following the pundit’s marriage to now ex-wife Danielle Bux in 2009. 

Speaking to The Sun in 2016, he said: ‘In my opinion Danielle cost me my relationship with my brother. Sadly Gary is no longer a part of my life. Within a year we had spent less time talking than we ever had before.

Old times: Wayne recalled their early years in Leicester, where the Match Of The Day host's football career began with local side Leicester City in 1976

Old times: Wayne recalled their early years in Leicester, where the Match Of The Day host’s football career began with local side Leicester City in 1976

Family ties: The two brothers are pictured playing on a pair of scooters in another shot shared by Wayne

Family ties: The two brothers are pictured playing on a pair of scooters in another shot shared by Wayne 

‘It was like an itch I couldn’t scratch and I couldn’t understand why our contact had fizzled out.’

However the businessman’s post suggested they have since resolved their differences,  with Wayne sharing a number of images from their school days alongside a more recent image of the pair on a night out. 

Gary’s oldest son George, 28, also shared a handful of images while congratulating his father on his special day. 

School days: Only two years separate Gary and younger brother Wayne, pictured here in matching school uniforms

School days: Only two years separate Gary and younger brother Wayne, pictured here in matching school uniforms 

Happy birthday: Gary's oldest son George also wished his father a happy birthday on Monday

Happy birthday: Gary’s oldest son George also wished his father a happy birthday on Monday 

The posts included a series of family shots of Gary and his four sons with first wife Michelle Cockayne, who divorced the former footballer in 2006 after 20-years of marriage.  

Captioning the images, he wrote: ‘Happy 60th Birthday to the big guy – you are some man. Have a top day and thank you for everything.’ 

Elsewhere son Harry posted a shot of himself and his father on the pitch in the early 2000s, several years after Gary formally  ended his playing career.  

Family: George shared a handful of images, including one of Gary with three of his four sons

Family: George shared a handful of images, including one of Gary with three of his four sons 

Thanks for everything: 'Happy 60th Birthday to the big guy - you are some man. Have a top day and thank you for everything,' he wrote

Thanks for everything: ‘Happy 60th Birthday to the big guy – you are some man. Have a top day and thank you for everything,’ he wrote 

Suited and booted: George and Gary look dapper in another snap shared by the former footballer's oldest son

Suited and booted: George and Gary look dapper in another snap shared by the former footballer’s oldest son 

The 26-year old also shared a snap of a framed signed and framed Barcelona shirt, a gift from Argentine legend Lionel Messi. 

Congratulating his father, he wrote: ‘Happy Birthday Padre @garylineker. The big 60, a decent innings so far.’ 

Meanwhile Harry Lineker, 24,  shared a video of his father watching a compilation of his career highlights with the accompanying caption: Happy birthday to this hero @garylineker. Have a good one dad.’ 

Remember this? Elsewhere son Tobias posted a shot of himself and his father on the pitch in the early 2000s, several years after Gary formally ended his playing career

Remember this? Elsewhere son Tobias posted a shot of himself and his father on the pitch in the early 2000s, several years after Gary formally ended his playing career

Iconic: The 24-year old also shared a snap of a framed signed and framed Barcelona shirt, a gift from Argentine legend Lionel Messi

Iconic: The 24-year old also shared a snap of a framed signed and framed Barcelona shirt, a gift from Argentine legend Lionel Messi

Back of the net: Oldest son George referenced his father's 80-capo playing career with England in another throwback snap

Back of the net: Oldest son George referenced his father’s 80-capo playing career with England in another throwback snap 

Rounding off the tributes, youngest son Tobias, 22, wrote: ‘Happy birthday to the legend himself @garylineker. Not many younger looking 60 year olds out there. Have a good one.’

The cake is further decorated with pictures of a football and a Leicester City and FC Barcelona shirts, two of the teams which the former England striker has previously played for.

Gary later shared a snap of his amazing, and very unusual, salt and vinegar Walkers-shaped birthday cake – a gift from his four sons.  

Cheers! Youngest son Angus was also among the tributes on Monday

Cheers! Youngest son Angus was also among the tributes on Monday 

Proud: The 22-year old admitted his dad was ageing well as he entered his sixties

Proud: The 22-year old admitted his dad was ageing well as he entered his sixties 

Memories: Much like his brothers, Angus shared a series of throwback snaps with his followers

Memories: Much like his brothers, Angus shared a series of throwback snaps with his followers 

Three lions: Gary played in two World Cups for his country, and his efforts in an England shirt were recognised by Angus

Three lions: Gary played in two World Cups for his country, and his efforts in an England shirt were recognised by Angus

The cake was further decorated with pictures of a football and a Leicester City and FC Barcelona shirts, two of five teams the former England striker played for with distinction.  

Gary has been promoting the snack brand for more than 25 years – with the cake honouring his milestone birthday inspired by his long-term partnership with the company.

Captioning an image of the gift, he wrote:  ‘Thanks for sending this brilliant cake @georgelineker @harry_lineker @tobiaslineker @anguslineker.’

Interesting: Gary later shared a snap of his amazing, and very unusual, salt and vinegar Walkers-shaped birthday cake - a gift from his four sons

Interesting: Gary later shared a snap of his amazing, and very unusual, salt and vinegar Walkers-shaped birthday cake – a gift from his four sons


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