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Ex-Liverpool striker Owen slams Beckham: I resent you; you let us down

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has slammed ex-England teammate David Beckham in his new book.

Writing in his new book, 'Reboot', Owen admits he resented the Manchester United hero for his dismissal in the 1998 World Cup against Argentina.

He stated: "... sitting here now, with the benefit of hindsight and perspective, I feel that what David did probably wasn't a red card offence in the first place. While it was clearly pre-meditated, it was immature and petulant more than it was violent. But for me, that almost makes it worse.

"All I can say is that, as I sit here now writing this book, knowing how lucky a player is to appear in one World Cup, never mind more than one, I'd be lying if I didn't say that what David did that day hadn't let every single one of that England team down.

"Did he deserve the abuse he got afterwards? Certainly not. What human being needs to see his or her effigy being burned?

"But David let us down, and I still hold some resentment about it today."

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