Owen worried about the future

Michael Owen is worried for the future of England's national team and has questioned the way young talents are treated.

Last Updated: 10/07/13 at 22:03 Post Comment

Michael Owen: Worried for the future of the England national team

Michael Owen: Worried for the future of the England national team

Michael Owen is worried about the future of England's national team and has questioned the way young talents are moved into the senior squad.

The former England, Liverpool and Manchester United striker, who retired at the end of last season aged 33, is concerned that young players are stopped from experiencing tournaments at age-group level.

England Under-20s and Under-21s both failed to make an impact in major tournaments this summer. Stuart Pearce's Under-21s crashed out of the European Championship in Israel - with Pearce's contract not being renewed as a result - while Peter Taylor's winless Under-20 side finished bottom of the group stage in the World Cup in Turkey.

Jack Rodwell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones were all eligible for the Under-21 tournament but were instead called up for the senior side's international friendlies against Ireland and Brazil.

And Owen, in comments which echo ones made by Rio Ferdinand last month, believe denying the age-group sides their best players for the senior team is not the best strategy.

"I worry about the future of our national team," Owen told Sportlobster.com.

"Of course, the obvious excuse is to say we were missing some of our best young players as they were in the senior squad.

"This was certainly the case but it's worrying that our senior team apparently needs them so much that our young national teams have to suffer in such a way.

"Excuses aside, the truth is that we're falling short of the level expected at present and I'm concerned about the future of all our national teams."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

aha, as a German supporting United I can only agree with your great insight in German football! No idea why, but I HATE Eintracht Braunschweig and please don't ever place a bet on Leverkusen, they mess up my ticket every time!

utzelot
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

M

ichael Owen's BT Sport commentary. Michael Owen's Match of the Day punditry. Michael Owen's annual moustache. Michael Owen's unwavering belief that Michael Owen could still do a job for England if called upon in the next major tournament

stevenjameshyde
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

L

VG with Rooney up top. The 3 in MF being Blind, Herrera and Mata. Young on LW and Di Maria or Januzaj on the RW. You know it makes sense.

GVMUFC
Big Tactical Calls For Manchester Pair

Footer 365

Petr Cech not likely to leave Chelsea unless huge transfer fee involved

Jose Mourinho says it will take "huge money" to prise goalkeeper Petr Cech away from Chelsea this summer.

Mile Jedinak will serve four-match ban after accepting FA charge

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak will serve a four-match suspension after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

John Terry will be with Chelsea next season as Jose Mourinho issues guarantee

Jose Mourinho has guaranteed that Chelsea captain John Terry will be with the club next season.

Mail Box

There Are Mitigating Circumstances For LVG

One Mailboxer is admant there are mitigating circumstances to LVG's struggles at Manchester Utd and he offers his four signings for next season...

LVG Stick Needs A Little Context...

LVG's rough ride from the media needs some context - then you would understand, while the Mailbox urges Nabil Bentaleb to go down...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company