Michael Owen has claimed there was "a long list" of England players who were paralysed by fear when when turning out for their country.

Owen, who earned 89 caps between 1998 and 2008, revealed he knew of international team-mates who were scared stiff of criticism of their performances and of being jeered by their own fans. The 32-year-old felt that was a major reason why England had underperformed in recent years.

Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, the Stoke striker said: "I've heard many people in the past leading up to England games or after England games talking about what the papers are going to say the next day about them, or how they're going to get booed."

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