Michael Owen will miss the rest of the World Cup after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The England striker was injured Tuesday in the second minute of his team's 2-2 draw with Sweden in Cologne. Owen, 26, had a scan on his knee yesterday near England's team base in Baden-Baden, Germany, and returned home later in the day.
``Obviously it's a massive blow to suffer the injury -- and be out of the World Cup," Owen said in a statement. ``As soon as it happened I knew I was in trouble. It was a major disappointment to pick up the injury so early in the game."
Owen's right knee buckled after he played a pass. He rolled off the field and lay on the sideline clutching his leg while play continued. He was treated by doctors and then strapped to a stretcher and taken away.
Owen, who broke a bone in his right foot Dec. 31, only returned last month. He had been replaced in both of England's World Cup games before Tuesday.
Without Owen, England has only three strikers left: Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, and 17-year-old Theo Walcott, who has only 25 minutes of international experience.
The biggest scare came when a passerby found a postal package two streets from Leipzig's stadium.
After 23 people in nearby residences were evacuated, specialists blasted it open with high-pressure water to discover it was filled with sunshades and sunhats.
The elimination of Iran was a relief to World Cup security organizers. Iran has been receiving extra protection, along with the United States, England, and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia also failed to advance.
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