'David let us down': Michael Owen admits to Beckham resentment

Less than 24 hours after becoming embroiled in a Twitter spat with Alan Shearer, the latest extract from Michael Owen's book has seen the former England striker take aim at David Beckham.

Owen admits he still resents Beckham for his 'immature and petulant' red card during England's defeat to Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

20 PHOTOS
David Beckham
See Gallery
David Beckham
Queen Elizabeth II meets (left to right) Sir John Major, Sir Lenny Henry and David Beckham at Buckingham Palace before the final Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony.
Mar 2, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; David Beckham (left) and wife and Spice Girls recording artist Victoria Beckahm pose during unveiling of Beckham statue at Legends Plaza at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
Robbie Keane attends the LA Galaxy unveiling ceremony of a statue of legendary midfielder David Beckham at Dignity Health Sports Park on March 2, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Wire
Mar 1, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LA Galaxy retired midfielder David Beckham speaks during unveiling of the David Beckham Community Soccer Field at The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
(left to right) David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Ben Thornley during the funeral service at Halifax Minster of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81.
RETRANSMITTED REMOVING REFERENCE TO NICKY BUTT David Beckham (left) and Gary Neville (right) arriving at Halifax Minster ahead of the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81.
David Beckham poses with the Salford City mascot Babs before the game
David Beckham watches the game between Salford City and Dover Athletic with son Romeo, during the Vanarama National League match at the Peninsula Stadium, Salford.
Phil Neville (left), David Beckham (centre), Romeo Beckham (second right) and Dave Gardner (right) before the Vanarama National League match at the Peninsula Stadium, Salford.
Phil Neville takes a selfie with (left-right) Dave Gardner, David Beckham and Romeo Beckham before the Vanarama National League match at the Peninsula Stadium, Salford.
File photo dated 30/11/14 of David and Victoria Beckham who has named among those who paid the most tax in the UK last year in the inaugural Sunday Times Tax List.
David and Victoria Beckham arrive at the Brasserie of Light at Selfridges in London, for the London Fashion Week Men's AW19 closing dinner.
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attending the Fashion Awards in association with Swarovski held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
David Beckham (right) and his son Romeo in the stands during day eight of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena, London.
David Beckham and his son Cruz leave after attending the Victoria Beckham London Fashion Week SS19 show in Dover Street, London.
May 19, 2018; Windsor, England, UK; Victoria Beckham and David Backham after the royal wedding at George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Mandatory Credit: Jason Dawson/Newsquest/USA TODAY NETWORK /Sipa USA **NO TABLOIDS**
David and Victoria Beckham followed by Johnny Wilkinson (left) arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Host Graham Norton, with (seated left to right) David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Vanessa Kirby and Joan Armatrading during filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks in London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Thursday May 10, 2018. Photo credit should read: PA Images on behalf of So TV
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 27: David Beckham and daughter are seen during the mens finals match during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Alberto E. Tamargo/Sipa USA)
David Beckham and Bella Hadid during the UEFA Champions League, round of 16, 2nd leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Real Madrid CF on March 6, 2018 at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah / NurPhoto/Sipa USA)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Beckham was handed his marching orders for kicking out at Diego Simeone in a match his team-mates would go on to lose on penalties, leading to vitriolic abuse of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder.

England's David Beckham (L) is given the red card by Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen, after a foul on Argentina's Diego Simeone during their France '98 World Cup second round match held in St Etienne. argentina won the match 4-3 on penalties (2-2 after extra time).   (Photo by Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)Some 21 years later, Owen has hit out at Beckham's role in the incident - the latest in a string of attacks made in his new book Reboot – My Life, My Time.

The book is being serialised in The Mirror, with Tuesday's offering accusing Shearer of failing as manager of Newcastle United - a club Owen claimed he regretted ever signing for.

"David let us down, and I still hold some resentment about it today," read a section of the book published Wednesday.

30 June 1998 - World Cup round of sixteen - Argentina v England, David Beckham aims a kick at Diego Simeone. (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)

"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?"

Owen added that he also learned Beckham's wife Victoria was disappointed in him for not publicly defending his fellow young star.

LONDON - NOVEMBER 14:  (L-R) Michael Owen and and David Beckham warm up during an England training session at London Colney Training Ground on November 14, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The 39-year-old said: "Some time later, I got wind that Victoria was in some way disappointed in me.

"She felt, I was told, that while all the limelight was on me after the World Cup, I should have publicly and voluntarily come out and backed David.

"I didn't consider myself senior enough to pat David Beckham – twenty times more famous than I was at the time – on the back and say: 'Keep your chin up, mate,' either.

"Whether I thought his actions lost us the game or not didn't matter. For me, at that time, it was about hierarchy and standing. I was just a junior member of that squad. I was really just a kid."

The quotes surfaced while attention was still focused on Owen's row with Shearer.

Owen accused the Newcastle icon of disloyalty and wanting to move away from the club, after Shearer hit out at Owen's poor four years on Tyneside.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS