Welbeck: My first footballing memory was watching Michael Owen

The former Liverpool striker made an impression on the Arsenal forward.

Danny Welbeck says his first standout footballing memory was watching Michael Owen score for England against Argentina, according to Sport Magazine.

The Arsenal forward remembers Owen netting in the 1998 World Cup, a memory followed closely by David Beckham's free-kick against Greece in 2001.

Indeed, Welbeck said: "The ones that stick out in my head are watching Michael Owen score that goal against Argentina when I was about seven or eight and then the David Beckham moment."

Meanwhile, on his own form for England ahead of Sunday's clash with Slovenia, the Arsenal forward is short of answers as to how he has produced for the Three Lions - arguably putting in far better performances for country than club.

The 24-year-old said: "I don’t know - I think going into games we’ve been confident going forward and looking to exploit defences and get in behind teams. Fortunately I’ve put away my chances, and hopefully there’s many more to come."

Owen, of course, has developed quite a different reputation to the one he had when he first broke onto the footballing scene. Not only did he at one stage sign for Manchester United, disrupting his Liverpool legacy, he is also now one of Arsenal's biggest critics.

At the start of last season, the BT Sport pundit predicted that Arsenal wouldn't finish in the top four and has been producing pessimistic predictions ever since.

He also stated that Liverpool's Raheem Sterling was better than Mesut Ozil, a claim he seems to have indirectly admitted was wrong recently by claiming the Reds winger is now dispensable to the club.

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