Michael Owen & Alan Shearer: New book sparks Twitter row

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Alan Shearer (left) and Michael Owen (right) were teammates at Newcastle United before Shearer had a brief spell as interim manager

Michael Owen’s new book has ignited a row on social media between the former England striker and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.

One of the more cutting lines in the book includes Owen’s claim that his transfer from Real Madrid to the Magpies in 2005 was a “downward step” and the one move he “really regrets”.

The pair exchanged barbed tweets as the story broke on Tuesday – but what is the background of their feud?

‘I couldn’t wait to retire’

In Reboot – My Life, My Time, which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror,