Hargreaves restates aim of playing in Premiership

August 3, 2006

Owen Hargreaves has reiterated his desire to play for one of the top clubs in the Premiership at some stage in his career.

The 25-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder's stock rose considerably thanks to his performances for England in the World Cup, and he was arguably the best player on the pitch as the team were eliminated on penalties by Portugal in the quarter-finals.

While Hargreaves still seems settled in Germany, he remains in favour of a move to England in the future.

'I'm still only young and I have been fortunate to have had a lot of great experience at a great club, one of the best in Europe, but getting the opportunity to play at one of the top teams in the Premiership would be great for me,' he said.

Hargreaves felt the team and management should take an equal share of the blame for England's lacklustre performances in the World Cup.

'Any time you are judged on what you achieve and possibly what you have not achieved. We never really hit our stride,' he told BBC Radio Five Live.

'Everyone is responsible and involved. If you lose on penalties then everything is more negative. If we had made the semi-finals then everything would be great, but it wasn't the case so everyone is asking questions.'