Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would be the first person Michael Owen would “take into battle” as the former striker lavished praise on the Gers boss’ playing ability.

Owen, who was picking his England XI for the BBC, thinks the only that could “expose” Gerrard as a player was asking him to sit in midfield – and only because he was  “too good for it.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The controversial pundit insists his former Liverpool team-mate “could do everything” and can’t think of “any higher praise” for him.

“I played with some great players – Zinedine Zidane was off the scale in terms of natural ability – but, if I was playing the biggest game of my life tomorrow, the first person I’d probably take into battle would be Stevie,” Owen told the BBC.

“He could do everything. He was massive, his stride was huge and he just used to devour ground.

“He was too big and too strong for his opponents, an amazing passer of the ball, he could dribble, score goals, defend, tackle and head.

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“There wasn’t anything really that he couldn’t do. The only thing you could expose him with is if you ask him to sit in midfield because he’s just too good for it.

“I can’t give him any higher praise than that.”

The former striker has courted controversy recently with the serialisation of his autobiography.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Frank Lampard (L), Steven Gerrard (C) and Michael Owen celebrate England's goal during the FIFA World Cup 2006 quallifing match between Austria and England in Vienna 04 September 2004 .

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There’s little doubt though that Gerrard would be the ideal player to have in any team and the way he carried Liverpool and England sides showed his importance to them.

What Rangers would give for a player capable of driving the side on in a similar manner to how Gerrard would do it for club and country.


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