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Confident Owen dreams of victory

The prospect of a major tournament can do strange things to people. Yesterday, it made Michael Owen, that most rational of footballers, dream in public.

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Henry leads threat to England?s glory hopes

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United transfer tactic could benefit main European rival

Manchester United's professed willingness to sell England captain to would-be Barça president may push midfielder into arms of Real
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