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Michael Owen on Raheem Sterling ‘I never felt I needed a rest’

6 years ago

As usual Michael Owen has shown an amazing lack of self-awareness.

Owen was inducted into the National Football Museum [intlink id=”48967″ type=”post”]Hall of Fame alongside Alan Shearer and Hughie Gallacher[/intlink] on Thursday night.

The former Newcastle striker was asked about the hot topic of the moment; Raheem Sterling saying he was too tired to play fro England.

Owen proudly declaring ‘I never felt particularly that I needed a rest’!

The irony totally missed by Michael Owen who in the last 8 years of his career only started 64 matches.

The striker somehow finding it acceptable to sit endlessly on the bench for the likes of Manchester United, rather than bother to get a game somewhere.

Never needed a rest;

“I never felt like telling the manager I was tired because I never felt particularly that I needed a rest,”

“I know people will say, ‘Well, we don’t want anyone having burnout’. But I will ask you now – can you name one player who has ever been burned out? I don’t know of anyone.”

People will point the finger at me;

“People will point the finger at me but I would just say I had muscle injuries because it was hereditary.

“My dad played football for 15 years and he had loads of muscle injuries, my brothers were both older than me – they were real quick sprinters, they both had muscle injuries and I had muscle injuries.

“I don’t think it was anything to do with how much I played. I don’t know of any player that’s been burned out, but I might be wrong.”

We used to have a bit of a joke at Liverpool;

“It’s difficult to know what to make of Raheem’s individual case. I can only speak from experience of me being in that situation and we always used to have a bit of a joke at Liverpool because the manager Gerard Houllier would always come around and ask everyone if they’re fine, If they’re tired.

“You’d always be saying, ‘No, no, no, I’m totally fine’ because you didn’t want to get rested.”


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