Adams Posted June 20, 2006 Report Share Posted June 20, 2006 Sven: Owen injury doesn't look good England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson fears Michael Owen's World Cup has come to a heartbreaking end after he suffered an injury against Sweden. Newcastle striker Owen suffered what looked like a serious knee injury in the first minute of the 2-2 draw with Sweden. Owen will now go for a scan on Wednesday but, while England look forward to a second-round showdown with Ecuador and avoided in-form hosts Germany, the Swedish coach fears his dangerous striker has played his last game of the tournament. "Maybe (his World Cup is over)," sighed Eriksson. "I am not sure. "I hope he is okay but it doesn't look good." Steven Gerrard insists the England team would rally behind Owen after topping Group B "We are not sure yet," said Gerrard. "He will have a scan on the injury. "But he is really down in there and we will need the boys to support him." Eriksson also played down Wayne Rooney's reaction to being taken off during an ineffective second period. The Manchester United star enjoyed an impressive first half but then threw his boots to the ground having been replaced by Gerrard after fading badly. But the national coach claimed Rooney was more frustrated with himself and revealed he was withdrawn to save him from injury. Eriksson said: "I think he was more upset with himself. "He thought that he didn't play as well as he did in the first half in the second half but he is getting better and better. "He played longer than last time and he will get better and better but I took him off because I couldn't risk him getting injured and play too much too early." Gerrard was more pleased to top the group than avoid hosts Germany in the next round, adding: "We were prepared for whoever we came up against in the last 16 but the most important thing was to top the group." Eriksson added: "It was very important that we won the group. "We did it and didn't defend very well against set-pieces. We have to work on that for the next game but Sweden were very strong in the air. "But we have to do that better in future. The most important thing was to win the group and I am happy about that. "I saw the other game (Germany against Ecuador) and on paper it should be more difficulty against Germany but we have one more day to recover and we have won the group which is what we wanted to do. "We have to play better than we did and defend better against set-pieces. That's important but normally we are good at that. "Ecuador will play better than they did today (losing 3-0 to Germany)." Gerrard claimed they were better than in the previous games against Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago but admitted their defending from set-pieces needs working on. Joe Cole fired England into the half-time lead with a wonder strike but Marcus Allback cancelled that out. Gerrard looked to have ended their terrible run against the Scandinavians, who they have failed to beat since 1968, but Henrik Larsson pounced late on to deny them a long-awaited success and earn a draw. Gerrard added: "We played a bit better but we were vulnerable from set-pieces so we will need to sort that out on the training ground. "We stopped passing and moving. We were trying to work hard and keep the tempo going but from the bench it looked really difficult. "The manager wanted me to come on and inject a bit of energy into the midfield." O no Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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