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OWEN’S ‘BATTLE’ TRIBUTE TO GERRARD

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RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard has been praised by his former England and Liverpool team-mate Michael Owen.

The one-time prolific striker, who left Anfield for Real Madrid in an £8million deal in August 2004, reckons the Ibrox gaffer would be someone he would “take into battle” alongside him.

Owen, speaking to the BBC, said: “I played with some great players – Zinedine Zidane was off the scale in terms of natural ability – but, if I was playing the biggest game of my life tomorrow, the first person I’d probably take into battle would be Stevie.

“He could do everything. He was massive, his stride was huge and he just used to devour ground.

“He was too big and too strong for his opponents, an amazing passer of the ball, he could dribble, score goals, defend, tackle and head.

“There wasn’t anything really that he couldn’t do. The only thing you could expose him with is if you ask him to sit in midfield because he’s just too good for it.

“I can’t give him any higher praise than that.”

Gerrard played for Liverpool for 17 years, making over 500 league appearances and scoring 120 goals before moving to LA Galaxy in 2015.

He quit playing in 2016 at the age of 36 and took over as manager at Ibrox at the start of last season.

Owen, in his controversial autobiography Reboot, insisted the Anfield side wanted to move the club captain on two years before he switched to the MLS side, as reported in Scotzine.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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