Five Liverpool stars team up with Michael Owen in move into horse racing

A multitude of Liverpool players are teaming up with club legend Michael Owen in a shock move into horse racing.

Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, along with former Liverpool player Adam Lallana, are six owners of the racing horse Mr McCann.

The horse is completely indicted in the football club as it is being trained at Owen's Manor House Stables by Tom Dascombe and it is named after Liverpool's press officer Matt McCann

Their horse is due to make his debut in racing at Leicester's opening novice event on Tuesday and they will be hoping he runs to victory to make their broach into a new business venture a success.

Owen told The Racing Post : "It's great a few of the lads have decided to get involved in racing.

"We've been keeping them regularly updated on their horse's progress and a couple of them have been down to Manor House Stables to meet him and watch him on the gallops."

Former England star Owen, along with wife Louise, set up their stables in March 2007 with just 30 horses in training.

Two years later Betfair co-founder Andrew Black became joint owner and in 2014 the stables saw their first Group 1 winner when Brown Panther claimed victory at the Irish St Leger.

The move into a new sport for the Liverpool players comes after two of the stars were selected in Gareth Southgate's provisional Euros squad.

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Henderson and Alexander-Arnold were selected as part of the 33-man team which will be culled to 26 on Tuesday.

While the two Liverpool stars are expected to remain in the team nothing is certain as Southgate revealed regular stars will also have to earn their spot.

Southgate said: "There is an element of them having to deliver because we have got that competition and we are also going to have to be able to refresh the team.

“You of course have guys who have regularly delivered and you give them opportunities but it has to be a meritocracy.

“If you’ve got a team where the players know that the players playing the best aren’t in the team, then they will question the decisions and fairness of that.

“There are some more experienced players but all players have to be playing well to get in the team.”

Some stars are sure to be included with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, Chelsea's Reece James and Everton's Jordan Pickford thought to be among the squad.

The tournament begins on June 11 with England's first match coming on June 13 against Croatia.

Southgate's team have two warm-up games before the Euro starts though as they will play Austria on June 2 and Romania on June 6.

England will be bidding to win the tournament for the first time in tournament's history after reaching the semi-finals in 1968 and 1996.

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