Michael Owen and Harry Redknapp have snubbed legendary strike duo Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer in naming their greatest England team.
Ahead of Euro 2020, the two pundits were asked to select their best Three Lions starting XI of all time – and the forward positions caused the greatest challenge.
Both Owen and Redknapp, speaking to BetVictor, agreed on seven players to fill the team, choosing World Cup winners Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves, as well as defender Rio Ferdinand and midfield duo Paul Gascoigne and Steven Gerrard.
However, it was up front where the biggest controversy lies, with Redknapp opting to partner Greaves with current England captain Harry Kane, and Owen choosing record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
Owen famously fell out with Shearer in recent years, with the pair having a bitter Twitter exchange in the aftermath of Owen’s autobiography being released. The former friends saw their relationship deteriorate after Shearer took over as Newcastle United manager, when he accused Owen of a lack of commitment in the Magpies’ 2009 relegation battle.
The decision of both Redknapp and Owen to omit Lineker, however, is the most controversial. Widely considered England’s greatest goalscorer, he bagged 48 goals in xx appearances, and finished as Golden Boot winner at the 1986 World Cup.
Redknapp’s England team (3-5-2): Banks; Ferdinand, Moore, Terry; Beckham, Gerrard, Gascoigne, Charlton, Pearce; Greaves, Kane.
Owen’s England team (4-4-2): Banks, G Neville, Ferdinand, Moore, Cole; Gerrard, Gascoigne, Charlton, Ball; Greaves, Rooney
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