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Michael Owen names his ultimate XI of teammates and Riise has one question

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Few players have burst onto the scene in world football quite like Michael Owen.

It's easy to forget just how incredible the ex-England striker was after his injury blighted final years and questionable foray into punditry. This is a man with a Ballon d'Or in his trophy cabinet, after all.

Owen built his career at Liverpool, scoring 158 goals in 297 appearances for the Reds before earning a move to a Real Madrid side containing the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldo.

Four years with Newcastle United was followed by a flattering, albeit surprisingly impressive, stint with Manchester United and a premature retirement in 2013.

Throw no less than 40 goals for England into the occasion - including the Argentina worldie - and you have yourself quite the career.

As a result, when Owen was asked to name the greatest XI he ever played with and ever played against, there were few surprises when the 37-year-old drafted two unbelievable teams.

The BT Sport pundit constructed the two sides during a feed show with Steven Bower and the thought of the two dream teams locking horns is footballing fantasy.

Owen nominated the all-star XI of ex-teammates as: Edwin van der Sar, Sami Hyypia, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Zinedine Zidane, Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo.

And on the bench: Nemanja Vidic, Luis Figo, Paul Gascoigne and John Barnes.

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We're not sure Beckham will be too happy with playing right wing-back but there you go. Besides, with the midfield trio of Scholes-Zidane-Gerrard starring alongside him, there would probably be few complaints.

As for the eleven finest opponents, he chose: Peter Schmeichel, Cafu, Marcel Desailly, Jaap Stam, Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrick Vieira, Frank Lampard, Ryan Giggs, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry.

The subs are: Roy Keane, Gianluigi Buffon, Raul, Rivaldo and Francesco Totti.

Check out Owen displaying his teams on Twitter:

Alongside fans generally salivating at the sheer quality of the two sides, John Arne Riise arrived in the comments to ask whether Owen had included him on the bench.

We can only assume Riise hadn't clocked that Owen was indeed showing his substitutes, too, but the abundance of emojis suggest he wasn't exactly being serious.

Take look at this reply:

The Norwegian is one of the finest full-backs in Premier League history yet can't really dine at the table of Paolo Maldini and Roberto Carlos. Sorry, John.

The conversation continued: 

A few fans were keen to point this out that Riise was proving rather optimistic. Given the quality in both sides, though, he'd probably settle for a place in the stands.

Which XI do you think is the best - played against or played with? Have your say in the comments section below.

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