Argies will win World Cup – Owen


Owen marked the 1998 World Cup with a memorable solo run and finish against the Albiceleste, before the Three Lions succumbed to defeat on penalties.

The former striker believes Argentina, who have now finalised their squad, boast two of the tournament’s most dangerous players and will lift their third World Cup trophy after success in 1978 and 1986.
Owen said exclusively on sports social network “I believe Argentina are favourites. They have good players throughout the team, but Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi just tip it.

“It will be extremely difficult for teams to stop these two players from scoring. Argentina are more or less in their own backyard and they are used to the altitude and weather.

“They will also have fantastic support. However, it is the fact they have two of the finest players in the world which just swings it for me.

“The team may have some defensive concerns, but Argentineans are typically streetwise. I honestly believe they have more quality than the other nations.”

Owen, who played for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United, also selected Japan as his surprise package for the tournament.

He added: “I believe Japan will have a good tournament. They have an average World Cup group, one or two top-class players, they performed well in the Olympics and are always extremely fit.

“I don’t think they will progress to the semi-finals, but the quarters are a possibility.

“Belgium probably aren’t dark horses anymore – it isn’t a secret that they have outstanding players.

“Uruguay are also a decent bet for the World Cup, especially if Luis Suarez fires like he did in the Premier League.”