Michael Owen's negative tweet about England ahead of Colombia game causes a stir


It's the game we've all been waiting for - Colombia vs England.

Not since France '98 has there been so much optimism about England's chances at a World Cup and looking at the draw, you can see why that's the case.

Beat Colombia in tonight's last 16 clash and the Three Lions will face either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

Russia and Croatia are then the potential opponents in the semi-finals, while France and Brazil are the strongest sides from the other half of the draw for the final.

It's really looking rather good for England and if they can keep producing similar performances to the 6-1 win over Panama, anything can happen.

Even Alan Shearer, who prides himself in being a realist and rarely gets too excited, can't deny that things are falling into place.

"There is plenty to be positive about for England right now, not just because of what we have seen from Gareth Southgate's side but also from everyone else at this World Cup so far," he said.


"The tournament looks very open to me. Up to now there has not been an outstanding side in Russia - which is another reason to feel encouraged about the Three Lions' prospects.

"Croatia, Uruguay and Belgium all won three games out of three in the group stage, but I have not seen anyone that has made me think, 'wow, this is the team to beat'."

Being positive is key ahead of such an important game, yet some people clearly didn't get the memo - like Michael Owen.

In typical fashion, the former Liverpool striker has managed to annoy England fans by being a bit of a negative nancy on Twitter about England's form heading into the last 16.

"We've scraped past Tunisia in the last minute, beaten a pub team and got beat by the only decent team we've faced," he wrote. "Yet the country is convinced we can win The World Cup!

"And for some reason I'm starting to believe it could just happen too #ComeOnEngland."

Owen really doesn't help himself sometimes. Here's how England fans have been reacting to his ill-judged tweet.

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