Michael Owen will make a return to international football this summer when he lines up for England at the inaugural Star Sixes tournament.
The former Three Lions striker scored 40 times in 89 appearances for his country, while at club level won every major honour in England during his time with Liverpool and Manchester United.
In 2001, as part of Liverpool’s treble-winning team that also claimed a UEFA Cup triumph, Owen lifted the Ballon D’or world player of the year trophy.
For England, he also bagged a hat-trick that year as they dismantled Germany 5-1 in Munich – an international rivalry that will take place again next week in Dortmund.
After retiring from the game in 2013, the ex-Real Madrid frontman will be pulling on the England shirt again, alongside teammates for club and country Steven Gerrard, David James, Emile Heskey and Rio Ferdinand for the new and exciting six-a-side football competition at The O2 in London.
The remaining five players in the England squad are still to be unveiled, but when asked to name his dream six-a-side team from players he played with during his career, two of his Star Sixes pals cropped up.
Speaking to Squawka at a recent Star Sixes event, he named three players from the Manchester United defence, while two in midfield were from Madrid and Liverpool.
“I’d probably say Van der Sar in goal, defenders I’d say Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidić. Zidane and Steven Gerrard in midfield.”
With one player remaining, he went for a legendary Brazilian striker he played alongside at Real Madrid, and a two-time Ballon D’Or winner: “I need a centre forward, so I’d have to go for the real Ronaldo.”
Make sure you don’t miss the inaugural Star Sixes tournament at the O2, where 12 international teams will go head-to-head from 13-16 July for the first trophy. Get your tickets by visiting Ticketmaster or AXS.