‘I absolutely panicked after giving one in every of England’s most well-known shirts to opponent’
You’d suppose Michael Owen was having the time of his life again on September 1, 2001 – however a piece of his dream evening in Germany was spent panicking.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United goalscorer scored a well-known hat-trick that night in Munich, serving to Sven Goran-Eriksson’s Three Lions destroy one in every of their arch-enemies within the 2002 World Cup qualifier.
Emile Heskey and Steven Gerrard additionally discovered the online within the 5-1 triumph, however it was Owen who stole the present and really wrote himself in England historical past.
The Ballon d’Or winner ripped Germany to shreds, and after the sport, Jorg Bohme requested for Owen’s shirt, to which he obliged. However, the now 43-year-old quickly realised when he acquired again into England’s altering room how large a mistake he’d made.
Keeping maintain of such a doubtlessly vital piece of memorabilia means quite a bit to footballers, particularly as soon as they’ve hung up their boots. And fortunately, Owen was in a position to get his jersey again earlier than it was gone for good!
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Speaking solely to Daily Star Sport on the enduring evening, Owen mentioned: “I completed the sport and also you’re simply on a excessive like everybody, and somebody comes as much as me and swaps shirts and I’m like ‘yeah, yeah’.
“And then I acquired again into the dressing room and I really noticed the best way everybody was patting one another on the again like ‘that’s going to make history’. And you begin getting a little bit of an concept of, ‘oh my God, we have simply achieved one thing that did not actually sink in earlier than that.
“And I assumed ‘s***, I’ve given away my shirt that could be like one of the most famous shirts in English history from that game’, and I used to be like, ‘oh no’.
“So I got my shirt that I didn’t wear – you get two shirts for every game – I took it off the peg and I walked into the German dressing room and of course, they’re all hands on their head, and I’m like, ‘where’s the number three?’
”I discovered him and I walked over and mentioned, ‘sorry, is it ok if you have this shirt?’ And to be truthful to him, he gave it me and I gave that one I did not play in. So I almost gave away a little bit of English historical past there, however fortunately it is again on my wall at residence!”
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While England’s former No10 was relieved to get his shirt again, he could not let his hair down after, sadly.
Asked how they really celebrated after the sport, Owen added: ”I bear in mind it was the primary sport of a double header. So we had been taking part in up in Newcastle towards Albania about three or 4 days later. So no, we did not actually rejoice with beer or something.
“We would have gone again to the lodge and had a meal and all been speaking about it and reminiscing, saying what a fantastic day it was and it will go down in historical past and all the remainder of it the subsequent morning. We would have flown as much as Newcastle to arrange for the subsequent sport within the group stage. But you get a consequence by that, that just about will get you into the World Cup and then you definately lose at residence after which swiftly all the nice work is undone.
“As an England fan, although, if you suppose again over time, it was what it was a kind of nice moments in our historical past. The rating line, it was simply so surprising. We went into their yard the place nobody had received and so they simply beat us at Wembley the final sport of the season one nil. I’ve nonetheless acquired the ball and the boots and the shirt.”
Owen will be no doubt watching on on Monday (November 20) when England’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign draws to a close away to North Macedonia.
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