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Former Liverpool forward Michael Owen responses to some Liverpool fans, as they claimed he was more committed to the England national team than Liverpool.
In an interview with Blood Red podcast, when asked about his thoughts on that he replied:
“Come on, how on Earth? ! I was like any other (young) player wasn’t I? I’d run through a brick wall for anything, for anyone, to score a goal. But I won the Golden Boot when I was 17 in the Liverpool team, I won the Golden Boot when I was 18 the next year, what more can I do as a kid?! Then I’ve gone along to England, I didn’t even expect to be in the squad, it was my first ever season in the Premier League and by Christmas I’m scoring a load of goals so I get into the England squad in February. Then all of a sudden it’s ‘oh my God, he’s going to go to the World Cup this young kid’. “
He later added:
“The thing is, I guess, I made my name to the world at such a young age in the white kit and everyone probably thought England is Michael Owen all around the world. I think it’s just absolutely ridiculous that anyone could ever say anything like that. But it’s fine, it’s cool, it’s not a problem, but it is totally, totally missing the point, I’d say.”
Throughout his career, Owen netted 158 goals in 297 games for the club, helped Liverpool to win the UEFA Cup, scored in a League Cup final triumph and almost single-handedly won the FA Cup in 2001.