Owen ignores Arsenal's Wilshere as he selects England's two brightest youngsters

Everton's Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling are the two players England should focus their team around says Michael Owen.

Former England striker Michael Owen has hailed two Merseyside based stars as the cornerstones of the Three Lions' future success.

He believes Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling are essential if Roy Hodgson, and future managers, are to have a chance of winning major tournaments.

There is little doubting the talents of either player, but Owen overlooks an Arsenal midfielder he once had an on-pitch run-in with.

There is no mention of another of England's brightest stars, highly regarded dynamo Jack Wilshere.

The 22-year-old has stepped up impressively this season for England, playing an important role early on in their Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Owen once had a flare-up with Wilshere during the striker's brief spell with Stoke City. A BT Sport pundit nowadays, Owen has been regularly critical of Arsenal.

Wilshere and Barkley both featured briefly at the World Cup, and if they stay injury free, they can be a midfield for Roy Hodgson to build his side aroud.

It isn't just Wilshere who doesn't get a mention. Wilshere's teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and strike duo Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, of Liverpool, should be every bit as integral to England becoming a force as Barkley and Sterling.

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