In his column for the Telegraph, Owen argued: "There is no one in the world who can convince me that the German players are better than ours, but after seeing our team line up I knew we were going to lose. I don't think it is down to our players so much; I just feel their formation has basically beaten ours. We were outplayed due to being tactically beaten.
"It hurts me to say it as a striker who almost needs to play up front with another, but the days of 4-4-2 against a good team are going. I said from the start of the tournament that I would be concerned with playing that formation.
"I hoped that the manager would revert to 4-5-1 as soon as we met stronger teams, because if you lose that midfield battle, you lose the game more often than not."