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Michael Owen names greatest 11 England team of last 21 years – Includes 2 Newcastle players

2 years ago

Michael Owen has made plenty of headlines this past week.

Some embarrassing stuff coming out from the serialisation of his new book.

Whilst Owen has added to that with some ill-judged comments in interviews.

That is, ill-judged unless the only reason for making the comments is to get cheap publicity in the hope of selling a few copies and making a few quid…

As part of the media stuff around the new book, BBC Sport have asked Michael Owen to name his best England 11 to have featured since he made his own debut in 1998.

After slagging off Alan Shearer so much, did Michael Owen still name him?

The same with David Beckham, who Owen has also used this week for some cheap book publicity.

Selecting Alan Shearer (as well as Beckham), Michael Owen explains why to BBC Sport:

“When I was growing up I would’ve been looking at Alan thinking: ‘What a player.’

“I managed to muscle my way into the team to play alongside him at the 1998 World Cup and then played with him up front at the European Championship in 2000 as well.

“We scored plenty of goals together.

“He was then a big influence in me going to Newcastle United and we were big mates at that point.

“On the big stage, if you’re thinking, ‘I need someone to finish or take a penalty’, he had absolute nerves of steel.

“He had a huge amount of self-belief and confidence.

“In recent years, you can’t mention England centre-forwards in general without mentioning him.”

Fair play to Michael Owen on this one, although it would have been an absolute joke to leave out the best striker of the Premier League era and by some distance the best forward England have had in this time period.

Former Newcastle defender Sol Campbell also makes Owen’s list.

Maybe you could have expected three former Newcastle players, as surely the biggest surprise of all is that Michael Owen hasn’t included himself!

The full BBC Sport Michael Owen top England 11 since 1998:

David Seaman

Sol Campbell

Rio Ferdinand

John Terry

David Beckham

Ashley Cole

Steven Gerrard

Paul Scholes

Frank Lampard

Wayne Rooney

Alan Shearer


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