Michael Owen chooses Shearer to be at the forefront of England’s XI since his debut … despite simmering feud
Michael Owen chooses Alan Shearer to be at the forefront of England’s XI since his debut … despite simmering feud over revelations in former Liverpool man’s book last year
- Michael Owen has placed Alan Shearer in his all-time England XI since his debut
- The two had a huge feud after Owen released his autobiography last year
- Owen chose Rooney as Shearer’s partner up front, with no room for himself
Michael Owen chose Alan Shearer for himself in his all-time England XI since his debut, despite a bitter feud with his former teammate in Newcastle.
The differences between the two strikers were spotlighted last year when Owen released his autobiography in which he had a doll with the former Newcastle striker and legend.
Owen suggested that the all-time Premier League top scorer was not as loyal to Newcastle as many would think.
Michael Owen named Alan Shearer in his England XI despite their public feud last year
Owen had a huge feud with Shearer for claiming that the Newcastle legend was not “loyal.”
Shearer had suggested that Owen was not professional at the end of his time at St James’ Park. Owen joined the Real Madrid Show in 2005 and remained the club until 2009 when Shearer was appointed as a manager.
Newcastle was banned from the Premier League under the leadership of Shearer, and Owen accused Shearer of using him as a scapegoat for his failed hot-seat spell.
However, he set aside rivalry when he named his greatest England XI of all time with David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, among others.
When choosing his best English team, he said to BBC Sport: ‘He (Shearer) had a big influence on me going to Newcastle United at the time and we were great friends at the time.
Shearer was a ‘major influence’ on Owen, scoring 33 goals for England in 60 appearances
Owen kept himself out of the XI, choosing an “intrepid” Wayne Rooney over himself
“When you think on the big podium, ‘I need someone to finish or take a penalty,’ he had nerves of steel. He was very confident and self-confident. ‘
Shearer made 60 appearances for England and scored 33 goals for the Three Lions from 1992 to 2000.
Owen also had a lot of praise for Rooney, who he also chose for himself. He added: “When Wayne entered the squad, I saw a bit of myself in him in terms of being fearless. His first training session, when he was just a pup, was chipping the keepers and stuff like that.
“Although you can do it, you tend to be a bit more respectful of older English players, but he was just so naive and so free-spirited that it almost made you think with your mouth open,” Wow, this boy’s confidence . ‘