Turns out that Michael Owen has been holding grudges against everybody in football, this time he lashed out against Fabio Capello.
It’s safe to say that Michael Owen lived one of the most frustrating careers in football history, he recently lashed out against Fabio Capello from their time in England.
Owen published a book in which he talks about several of his adventures as a footballer, we need to remember that he was quite successful at Liverpool but injuries took his better years.
In recent days, we reported how Owen still resents David Beckham for being sent off against Argentina during the 1998 World Cup in France.
Turns out that this incident isn’t the only one that Michael can’t forget from his experience in the national team, he also had some strong opinions against manager Fabio Capello.
The Italian coached the Three Lions between the years 2008 and 2012, he famously didn’t use Michael Owen in several important matches that England needed a player of his characteristics.
Allegedly, the Italian never really liked the English player’s consistent injuries. There are managers in football that usually hate it when they have to deal with stars who suffer from many injuries, this was the case with Michael Owen and Capello.
The player never forgot how the Italian treated him, which is well-documented in his autobiography.
🗣️ "He was absolutely crap"
Michael Owen slams former England manager Fabio Capello 🦁
— FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) September 5, 2019
“When he assembled his first squad session, the first thing we noticed was that he was very strict when it came to food and the second thing was that he couldn’t speak a word of English,” wrote Owen on ‘Reboot – My Life, My Time’ vie The Mirror.
“Everyone was just staring at each other. I was thinking, ‘How is this guy going to tell us anything?'”, he added.
“Looking back now, I have no idea what made the FA appoint somebody who couldn’t speak the English language. It defies belief.”
“I was on the bench for his first two squads having started for England for several years. This set the alarm bells ringing. With 10 or 15 minutes left in a game we lost 1-0, he sent me on.”
“My abiding memory of that night was my appearance in front of the line of press afterwards.”
“By this time, Fabio’s reluctance to start me was a bit of a hot story. The press were all over it – asking me if he’d explained his decision and, if so, what had he said.”
“Obviously, you don’t need to be a genius to work out that the headlines were pretty damning towards a manager who’d only been in the job for two games. And it’s probably no coincidence that Capello never picked me again.”
“Not only did he cut short a hard-earned international career with absolutely no explanation whatsoever, but he also went on to be one of the least effective England managers ever.”
“He was absolutely crap. In my opinion, Fabio Capello caused catastrophic damage to both my career and English football in general and got paid handsomely to do so,” he concluded.
Michael Owen say him still never understand how Fabio Capello wey no understand ordinary A for Apple take become coach of England. And na bicos Capello no understand single English make am kill Owen career and destroy English football. pic.twitter.com/E1ydjFytXP
— Football Yarns (@FootballYarnz) September 4, 2019
The real reason Owen didn’t play much for Capello.
As a true pragmatist of the game, Fabio Capello understood that using a player such as Michael Owen would limit the inclusion of other great offensive players to his system.
Granted, Owen was one of the best strikers from that generation but we mentioned the major role that injuries played on his career.
The former Liverpool star’s uncalled attack on the Italian manager hasn’t been responded yet, but we will tell you as soon as Capello issues any kind of statement about it.
It must be hard to have the world at your feet one day, only to be taken from you so abruptly as it happened to Owen.
We must remember that Michael was the Ballon d’Or winner when he still played for Liverpool, but those injuries prevented him from becoming the best English player of all-time.
We couldn’t tell you what life would’ve been like for Owen if he hadn’t suffered all those injuries, all we can assure you is that he certainly wouldn’t be as salty as he is right now.
We can all smell his frustration from miles away, it’s not justified but we can understand where he is coming from.
"Fabio felt that he had to change something. And that something turned out to be Michael Owen."https://t.co/6h3KfoLSMB
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) September 4, 2019
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