Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Owen Goals Will Flow Again: Big Al; in Association with GNER Shearer Verdict as Toon Pair Lead Line for England for the First Time since He Paired Up with Les Ferdinand

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Owen Goals Will Flow Again: Big Al; in Association with GNER Shearer Verdict as Toon Pair Lead Line for England for the First Time since He Paired Up with Les Ferdinand

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

NEWCASTLE United and England hero Alan Shearer today hailed close pal Michael Owen - then insisted Toon fans will see the glut of goals they want from the pounds 17m man.

Toon legend Shearer knows all about leading the line for club and country and was delighted to see Owen and Alan Smith emulate his and Les Ferdinand's achievement of having two Newcastle men in attack for their country.

Owen may have been on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against Germany but, with the diminutive goal-getter just back from injury, Shearer is simply glad to see the unlucky striker back up and running.

He told the Chronicle: "It's great for Michael - he's had a lot of injuries and he needs minutes and games under his belts.

"It's great to see him back playing for club and country again.

"He needs a run of games now, and when he gets that I've no doubt that the goals will come."

Owen, of course, will be hoping those goals start flowing on Teesside on Sunday as United face Middlesbrough in their third game of the season.

And with Smith heading for one of the clubs that wanted him so badly in the summer, Shearer feels that United can head there with confidence after the Toon duo flew the flag for the Magpies beneath the Wembley arch for their country.

Shearer - who played in England's attack with Ferdinand in the

late 1990s - added: "It's great for the players themselves and great for Newcastle to have that recognition at England level.

"That's the first time England have had two Newcastle forwards since Les and myself played together.

"It's great for Alan Smith as he's not played centre forward this season - he's only played midfield - and having the two playing up front for England can only be good for Newcastle United.

"He's played up front for the majority of his career, but he's one of those players who seems to play well whatever position he's asked to play in. …

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