Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed who was the Queen’s favourite player when he was in charge of the national team.

Eriksson managed the Three Lions for five years from 2001 to 2006 and although failing to lift any major silverware, the Swede was one of the most loved tacticians by the England fans.

In a recent interview with the ‘Sacked in the Morning’ podcast, the 74-year-old recalled a conversation he had with the head of the British monarchy when they had lunch several years ago.

“I was invited to lunch with The Queen with about another 10 people. At a certain point, I asked her if she liked football. She said ‘not really’.

“I asked her for her favourite player or team. I thought she would’ve said, Beckham. ‘Michael Owen is my favourite player,’ she said. I asked why and she said: ‘He looks so clean’. That was the answer I got and we didn’t go on with that discussion,” Eriksson said.

Owen featured 89 times for the Three Lions, scoring 40 goals along the way with his most memorable strike coming against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.

Domestically, the striker who is now a pundit turned out for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Stoke City where he netted 223 times in 483 games.


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