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Shearer: Why Wolves deserve FA Cup success

Alan Shearer believes ‘brilliant’ Wolves deserve their success in the FA Cup for picking a strong team in the competition.

Shearer was at Molineux to watch Wolves deservedly beat Manchester United 2-1 at the weekend to clinch their place in the semi-final against Watford.

The Premier League’s all-time top scorer and twice an FA Cup finalist with Newcastle has regularly heaped praise on Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season in his role as a BBC Match Of The Day pundit.

Today he used his column in The Sun to continue his positive vibe about Wolves.

Let us salute the brilliance of Wolves,” he wrote. “They’ve shown great respect for the FA Cup and put out strong teams to try to win it when the likes of Newcastle, Leicester and Bournemouth did not.

Why sides which are unlikely to get relegated do that I will never know. It sends out a bad message to the fans who want to experience the joy of winning silverware.

Of course they want to stay in the Premier League – but there is no substitute for a triumphant say out at Wembley. That is what makes for the best memories.

You only have to see how Molineux was rocking on Saturday to see the benefits a good Cup run can have on a club.”

Shearer also revealed his admiration for 15-goal top scorer Raul Jimenez and became the latest to tip captain Conor Coady for an England call-up.

What a season Jimenez is having,” he said. “He has formed an impressive partnership with Diogo Jota.

He is so good at holding the ball up and Jota’s pace complements him well.

At the back, Conor Coady has been a consistent thorn in the side of opposition strikers and cannot be far away from an England call-up.

Wolves have a lot to shout about right now.”