Gary Lineker and wife Danielle are splitting after six years of marriage

BBC Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker is splitting from his wife Danielle after six years of marriage.

A spokesperson has confirmed the split over claims they disagreed about whether to have children together.

Both Gary and Danielle have taken to Twitter today, after a judge granted their ‘quickie’ divorce, to tell their fans they want to remain friends.

The 55-year-old face of Walker’s crisps first met Welsh model Danielle Bux, 36, on a blind date at an Italian restaurant in 2007.

At the time, OBE winner Gary told The Mirror; ‘It’s the only blind date I’ve ever been on. But I was beginning to despair of ever meeting “the one”… my mate told me Danielle was gorgeous but I’ve seen his “gorgeous” before. So I Googled her and just thought – wow.’

The pair dated in secret for several months and tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in Italy in 2009.

Gary had been married previously, to Michelle Cockayne between 1986 and 2006, and they have four children together – George, 23, Harry, 21, Tobias, 19 and Angus, 17.

The former Virgin air stewardess also has a daughter of her own, Ella, 14, with Coventry City player Adam Willis.

From the beginning of their relationship, there was uncertainly over whether the couple would have a baby together.

Gary, former England football captain, told The Times; ‘She has a child from a previous relationship and I have four of my own, so we are not sure if we want any more.

‘Some weeks it seems like a good idea, other weeks it doesn’t. When we are on a plane and we hear screaming babies, it definitely doesn’t… ‘

Danielle also dated Scottish rugby player Simon Danielli before being introduced to Gary in 2007.

A spokesperson added; ‘They remain the greatest of friends and wish each other every happiness… they made a great couple but their different views on having children is what made them realise they had to split.’