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Alan Shearer is on punditry for Euro 2020 this summer and has not held back in giving his honest thoughts on the crunch knockout games. After Italy’s 2-1 quarter-final win against Belgium, Shearer slammed striker Ciro Immobile for appearing to feign injury before celebrating the Italians’ opening goal. He said on the BBC: “I don’t even want to laugh at that because that is pathetic. “You can see him have a look at the referee before he even goes down. It’s pathetically embarrassing, that’s what it is!”
Shearer isn’t one to hold back when offering his analysis, and he also didn’t hold back when he clashed with Michael Owen.
While caretaker manager of Newcastle, Shearer was furious at Owen who didn’t play in the latter stages of the 2008/2009 season – it was suggested he didn’t want to risk injury ahead of a move to Manchester United.
Owen wrote in his 2019 book ‘Reboot’ about the fallout.
He said: “I was a week away from fitness for the final game of the season that saw Newcastle needing a point at Aston Villa to avoid relegation.
“I told him [Shearer] that I wasn’t fully fit but was prepared to play. As I left his office that day, he made an insinuation that led me to believe he thought I had half an eye on my next contract.
“I’m not stupid – we both knew I was out of contract in a few weeks. It wasn’t until three months later, I discovered that Alan Shearer was apparently seething with me.”
For the last decade, two of England’s most cherished strikers have barely uttered a word to each other — at least face-to-face — after an unceremonious public falling out over the release of Owen’s autobiography.
In the book, Owen declared he didn’t need to justify himself “to f***ing Newcastle fans” after conceding he would have preferred to have re-joined Liverpool after his brief stay with Real Madrid.
Owen had a poor relationship with Newcastle fans, culminating in them booing him after being stretchered off injured.
Shearer responded to Owen’s claims though, adding a video of the former Liverpool striker where he states: ”So all I did for six, seven years… I hated it, I couldn’t wait to retire.”
The Newcastle legend then quipped: ”Yes Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120k a week…”
Owen then questioned whether Shearer was truly as loyal to his boyhood club as many thought.
He said: “Not sure you are as loyal to Newcastle as you make out mate.
“I distinctly remember you being inches away from signing for Liverpool after Sir Bobby Robson put you on the bench. You tried everything to get out.”
He then clarified: “My new book has made plenty of headlines this morning but they need to be put into context.
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“I’ve stayed quiet for years whilst receiving plenty of criticism but there are two sides to every story. Once you’ve read the book you’ll make your own decision.”
Owen fell out with Shearer during the latter’s last-ditch attempt to save Newcastle from relegation on the final day of the season against Aston Villa 2009 with Owen recovering from injury at the time.
Owen continued to hit out at Shearer in response to Gary Lineker’s reaction to the Twitter spat, labelling it “awkward”.
With Owen replying: “Are you surprised? He’s manipulated a tiny part of an honest answer to aim a cheap dig at me? Most ex-players I’ve spoken to aren’t.”
In May 2020, Shearer spoke about the public spat and added that he still felt Owen could have done more at Newcastle.
He said: “I felt he could have done more at Newcastle in my time when I was the manager.
“I know he was at the latter stages of his career and wasn’t at his best but I just thought he could have done a little bit more in terms of where we were and what was going to happen to the football club.
“Then he went on to Manchester United after that.”
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