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Former British soccer star Alan Shearer sets selfie world record

By Daniel Uria
Former British soccer star Alan Shearer sets selfie world record
Former England soccer star Alan Shearer broke the Guinness World Record for "most self-portrait photographs (selfies) taken in 3 minutes" by posing for 134 photos with students from the Newcastle School for Boys. Screen capture/Guinness World Records/YouTube

April 28 (UPI) -- Former British soccer player Alan Shearer partnered with a group of students to set a world record for most selfies taken in 3 minutes.

Shearer joined more than 100 students between the ages of 3 and 18 at the Newcastle School for Boys to attempt the Guinness World Record for "most self-portrait photographs (selfies) taken in 3 minutes" and to raise funds for his charity The Alan Shearer Foundation.

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In their pursuit of the hotly contested record attempted by celebrities such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Taylor Lautner and Donnie Wahlberg, Shearer and the students were required to follow guidelines that stated the photographer's face must be visible next to a different person in each photo.

Students frantically lined up next to Shearer as he snapped a total of 134 photos before the time ran out, capturing just one more than the previous record holder.

"I was so nervous I couldn't really watch, but I'm delighted that we got there," head teacher David Tickner said. "It was really important to get the whole age range of boys involved, as a way of showing their development. We were looking for a fun and engaging way of getting everyone involved and selfies seemed like a great way to do it."

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Shearer said he also felt the pressure to complete the record, but was glad the event was able to raise funds for his cause.

"It was very tense but a lot fun and it also benefits the foundation, which is great," he said. It's definitely the most selfies I've ever taken in one day."

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