Michael Owen got his prediction for the World Cup Group B game between Spain and the Netherlands wrong, and then on Saturday he got it wrong for the England versus Italy game.
The Liverpool legend initially predicted the Three Lions to either draw 1-1 or win the Group D clash 2-1, but before long he made it clear that he ‘fancied’ his country to pick up all three points.
Buzzing for tonight. I reckon either 1-1 or 2-1 to England. Can't believe Italy are favourites. Come on England.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 14, 2014
Trying not to let my heart rule my head but I genuinely fancy England to get a good result tonight.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 14, 2014
Gutted about last night but still like the intention of the team. We look like scoring and have pace. 4 points could see us through still.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 15, 2014
However, it all went wrong for Owen, his prediction and the England team. Although Roy Hodgson’s side gave a very spirited performance against the Italians, at the end of 90 minutes, they came short.
The Azzurri surged ahead on 35 minutes when Claudio Marchisio found the target with a well-placed shot from outside the penalty box.
However, two minutes later Daniel Sturridge equalised for the Three Lions after turning in a cross from the left from Wayne Rooney.
Five minutes into the second half Italy regained their advantage through Mario Balotelli, who collected Antonio Candreva’s cross, got the better of Gary Cahill and guided the ball past goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Although England rallied to equalise and took a number of shots towards goal, the 1966 World Cup winners failed to pick up a point. In fact, it was Italy who could have scored two more goals at least had Balotelli and Andre Pirlo not been denied by the frame of the goal.
Nevertheless, England can take heart from their encouraging performance against Italy and rally for a positive result against Uruguay on Thursday.