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Is he Sean Dyche in disguise? Alan Shearer's croaking voice goes viral during BBC's live Euro 2024 coverage

FANS couldn’t believe what they heard last night during the BBC’s coverage of Euro 2024.

The BBC broadcast the first match of the tournament yesterday, in which Italy defeated Albania 2-1 in Dortmund.

Alan Shearer's voice confused fans during BBC coverage of Euro 2024 last night
Shearer has been compared to Everton boss Sean DychePhoto credit: Getty

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The usual BBC suspects Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards led the coverage alongside Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas.

But the tone of Newcastle and England legend Shearer during his analysis was different.

The 53-year-old appeared unusually croaky in his post-match analysis, prompting fans to compare him to Everton head coach Sean Dyche.

Dyche is known for his deep, gravelly voice and once joked that his distinctive sound came from “smoking his exhaust” and “eating gravel for breakfast”.

But Shearer's unintentional impression was probably more due to a frog in his throat.

On social media, fans poked fun at the striking similarity between the two's voices – although Shearer's voice clearly had more of a Geordie singer's accent.

One wrote: “Alan Shearer sounds like he's been hanging out with Sean Dyche! He eats all the gravel and smokes all the Bensons!”

Another added: “Alan Shearer needs to join the Strepsils, he sounds like Sean Dyche!”

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A third joked: “How many beers did Alan Shearer drink while he was in Germany? His voice is completely gone!”

And a fourth even renamed Shearer “Alan Dyche”.

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Later in the broadcast, Shearer seemed to return to his usual pitch and was able to rest his vocal cords ahead of England's start tonight.

Shearer will be back on fans' screens when the BBC covers England's opening match against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

Gareth Southgate's brave Lions will be hoping for a winning start in Group C to take a step further at Euro 2020 after their defeat at Wembley.