Plenty have cried foul of Guardiola for discarding such a loyal and important player but Shearer says it is part and parcel of today's game when results are constantly on the line.
In his analysis of England's World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia on Sunday, Shearer wrote in The Sun: "Last night he will have been unhappy about one scuffed kick in the first half as his distribution skills have been brought into question by boss Pep Guardiola, who no longer wants him at Manchester City.
"People say he has been treated badly by Guardiola but these things happen.
"Because he is a club legend and part of two title-winning sides, should he not adhere to the same rules as everyone else?
"Sounds harsh but if you don't like it, you shouldn't be in football."