Michael Owen really doesn’t help himself, does he?
The much-maligned pundit is renowned for making ludicrous comments whilst on air, namely as a commentator for BT Sport.
For example, when discussing a defeat for Manchester City last year, he said: “When they don’t score, they hardly ever win.”
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Well yeah, duh.
He’s been at it again this week, though, after claiming that Everton’s John Stones could “walk into” Barcelona’s squad.
Yes, you’ve read that right. Here’s what Owen had to say about the 22-year-old in a recent interview with BBC Sport.
“I’m a massive John Stones fan,” he began, "I think he’s on a different level to virtually anyone else. I would play [Chris] Smalling and Stones [at Euro 2016].
“People go so overboard with the mistakes he makes but if I ask anyone to name three mistakes this year that Stones made, they can’t. I could name five or six that [Gary] Cahill and Smalling have made.
“Smalling has given away a penalty, been sent off and scored an own goal just in the last couple of weeks yet no one mentions his mistakes. This country seems to be infatuated with picking up on one thing and then everyone jumps on it.
“This kid (Stones) could play for Barcelona. He’s probably the only player in England’s squad that could walk into Barcelona’s squad. He’s absolutely brilliant.”
Unsurprisingly, Twitter was quick to tear into Owen for his ridiculous remark. Here’s some of the best tweets.
Pick your words better next time, Michael.
Owen also shared his thoughts on Marcus Rashford’s inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad, except this time, his opinion is a bit less controversial.
He said: “Rashford, I wasn’t surprised. When he started against Australia I thought that was a clear indication that he’s going to France.
“I think it’s a good decision, I would have taken him. His pace… He offers something different to the rest of the strikers. I think we’ve got a nice variation in our centre forwards this time.
“I can’t imagine he’s going to start, but he needs to come on and make an impression. Pace is key for a centre forward and he’s going in with an attitude where he doesn’t really care as an 18-year-old.
“I didn’t care. I didn’t know who we were playing, any of the names, I just knew that I scored goals. Every game I played, I scored, and I didn’t think it would be any different at a World Cup. That naivety is the best attitude you can have."
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