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() Michael Owen has sought to defend himself amid a storm of controversy around his new autobiography, saying 'it's not my style to criticise people.'

It came after Owen traded barbed insults with former England strike partner Alan Shearer over claims he didn't want to sign for Newcastle United in 2005.

Owen also criticised Shearer for his 'dire' record as Newcastle manager when they suffered relegation from the Premier League in 2009.

In the explosive autobiography, Owen also reveals he still resents David Beckham for getting sent off during the 1998 England vs Argentina World Cup last-16 match. 

And he launches into a tirade at 'delusional' Newcastle fans, saying he has nothing to prove to them. 

Alan Shearer (left) and Michael Owen (right) have traded barbed insults this week after the serialisation of Owen's new autobiography

Alan Shearer (left) and Michael Owen (right) have traded barbed insults this week after the serialisation of Owen's new autobiography

Owen tried to calm the storm around his book on Wednesday, saying 'it's not my style to criticise people' - only to get a cheeky dig about sales from Gary Neville

Owen tried to calm the storm around his book on Wednesday, saying 'it's not my style to criticise people' - only to get a cheeky dig about sales from Gary Neville

Neville slide tackles Owen during a Manchester United vs Liverpool clash back in 1998

Neville slide tackles Owen during a vs Liverpool clash back in 1998

It led to a tit-for-tat argument on Twitter between Owen and Shearer in which both questioned one another's loyalty to the Tyneside club.

But Owen tried to calm the storm on Wednesday when he tweeted: 'I can't really pretend to be enjoying the serialisation period!

'It's not my style to criticise people. I'm counting the hours now until the book launches so people can actually read my views in the context they were written.'

Owen's book, called 'Reboot - My Life, My Time', is released on Thursday.

But Owen's former team-mate for England and , Gary Neville, couldn't resist poking fun by replying: 'Relax Micheal [sic] sales are going up.' 

David Beckham receives red for kicking out at Diego Simeone in the 1998 World Cup

David Beckham receives red for kicking out at Diego Simeone in the 1998 World Cup

Michael Owen said Beckham let the whole team down that day and he still resents him for it

Michael Owen said Beckham let the whole team down that day and he still resents him for it

Shearer and Owen have still not spoken to each other following their bitter falling out

Shearer and Owen have still not spoken to each other following their bitter falling out

Owen's book 'Michael Owen: Reboot – My Life, My Time' is released on Thursday

Owen's book 'Michael Owen: Reboot – My Life, My Time' is released on Thursday

It comes after an extraordinary week in which former team-mates and close friends Owen and Shearer got involved in a very public spat.

Owen, in his new autobiography, revealed that he did not want to sign for the Magpies from in 2005 and said Shearer's record as a manager was 'dire.'

Shearer hit back on social media on Tuesday when posting a clip in which Owen admitted to hating the last seven years of his career and said he could not wait to retire.

The Newcastle legend commented: 'Yes Michael, we thought that also, whilst on £120k per week…'

But Owen responded by questioning Shearer's own loyalty to the club.

'Not sure you

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