Michael Owen fired back as he was introduced by presenter Jules Breach as “the father of Love Island’s Gemma Owen”, during Channel 4’s coverage of England vs Germany, and had his head in his hands as he admitted: “I flew all the way to Germany to try and avoid all of that back home! You brought it up straight away, I am feeling alright thank you very much. This has taken my mind off it.”
Owen, former Ballon d’Or winner who played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle United, watched as his daughter Gemma entered the villa on ITV’s Love Island.
There was no mention of her famous father during the first episode on Monday, as the 19-year-old coupled up with Liam who studied strength and conditioning and revealed his ambitions to work in football.
Joe Cole, on punditry with Michael Owen, said: “Couldn’t pick a better game. It lives in the memory of all England fans. 1996, Michael’s (Owen) hat-trick that he hasn’t mentioned once yet, and all the great England v Germany games. My first squad and my last squad were against Germany, both defeats but I have some great memories of being on the winning side.”
When questioning Liam on his career ambitions, he fired back at Gemma and wondered if she had dated a footballer in the past, which is why she was so inquisitive about the level of football he had played. She denied having any interest in football or dated a footballer, but did not reveal that her father played for England.
She didn’t waste time in name-dropping her father during her introduction on the show, saying that competitiveness “is in my blood”, as the dressage champion joked that she was hoping to score in the villa and winked to the camera.