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Hughton on the Owen factor

Posted on 19 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ahead of the World Cup quarter-final with Brazil, Chris Hughton casts his eye over England's likely starting strikeforce...

FOR ME, THE one big advantage England have over some of the teams is that they do have two players up front, Owen in particular for me, that you do think are going to score every game.

Because Owen can produce that burst of speed on a couple of occasions to put himself through to have a goalscoring opportunity.

It is a wonderful asset to have, particularly the way England have played. Tactically at times they have flooded areas and made themselves difficult to penetrate. Knowing you have an outlet like Michael Owen is a great weapon to have.

I think defensively as an outfit England have looked very solid too, giving the forward players a great platform to work from.

Emile Heskey has attracted criticism so far, but I think praise enough for Heskey is he's playing games. Testament to his ability is the fact that he's featured in all four and I don't think any English supporter would be critical of anything Eriksson has done.

The fact that he's played all four says something about his value to the team in his mind and, the plus is, he is a player that can produce something. That bit of pace, or the goal he produced the other day.

Criticism has been unfair. It is maybe because Owen is seen as such a threat, that people view Heskey a little bit as playing second fiddle. I don't think there is anything wrong with that.

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