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Owen still resents something Beckham did two decades ago

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In the 1998 FIFA World Cup, David Beckham was sent off in England’s clash with Argentina and Michael Owen believes they could have better luck if that didn’t happen.

In the Last of 16 match of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, England and Argentina were drawing 2-2.

But Three Lions footballer David Beckham was sent off and his teammate striker Michael Owen believes things could have been different if Beckham kept a lid on his emotions.

“I’ll start by saying that David and I always got on well on a personal level. He was obviously a very talented player,” said the ex-Liverpool forward to Goal.

“I always admired him massively because I always felt that nobody, I repeat, nobody, worked harder than David to maximize the talent he did have.”

“But after that World Cup in France, few would argue that his and my paths were different. I became the darling of English football for a period of time whereas he became the villain,” he added.

“The general feeling in the dressing room immediately after the match was that there was nothing to say about him getting sent off. What could any of us have said to him that would have changed anything? The damage was done.”

Owen explained: “Whether I thought his actions lost us the game or not didn’t matter. For me, at that time, it was about hierarchy and standing. I was just a junior member of that squad. I was really just a kid.”

“But… sitting here now, with the benefit of hindsight and perspective, I feel that what David did probably wasn’t a red card offense in the first place. While it was clearly pre-meditated, it was immature and petulant more than it was violent. But for me, that almost makes it worse.”