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Sunday, 28 May, 2000, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Owen wants to be the world's best
Michael Owen
Owen celebrates another world-class goal
Michael Owen has revealed he wants to be the best striker in the world.

After a season clouded by injury, Owen's knack of penetrating the world's best defences continued at Wembley on Saturday with a fine individual effort against Brazil.

His recovery seems to have been timed to perfection with Euro 2000 only two weeks away.

Liverpool's number one striker shot to prominence at the very highest level during the French World Cup in 1998 with the wonder goal against Argentina, and he is keen to prove the doubters wrong.

I have scored against some of the best teams in the world

Michael Owen

"Some people say I only score against Luxembourg which is a bit off-putting considering that I have scored against some of the best teams in the world," Owen commented.

"It's great to score against such opposition. I scored that goal against Argentina but I know I need to reproduce it at this level and scoring against Brazil is great for the confidence.

Michael Owen
Owen shoots for goal
"I have never doubted my own ability. I don't want to be just a normal professional. I want to reach the top and you've got to play well against the best teams in the world to do that."

Owen is likely to partner Alan Shearer as England's number one strike force and has set himself a heady target.

"Would I like to be known as the world's best goalscorer? I wouldn't mind. Everybody does - but I believe I can be.

World's best

"I am so keen to improve and learn, and playing teams like Brazil can only help me learn. But then as a 20-year-old playing against Brazil you have got to learn quickly or you are going to get battered."

Owen admitted: "It's been a bit stop-start for me with a few ups and downs this year but hopefully I am going to peak at just the right time for Euro 2000."

England's first match of the tournament is against Portugal on 12 June in Eindhoven.

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