The England squad that started the 2002 World Cup match against Sweden, a 1-1 draw which featured a then 22-year-old Owen, remains the youngest the nation has fielded.
And fans aren't stupid, they know that is a possibility - so COME ON BELGIUM.
The England captain has scored five goals in two games, including his hat-trick against Panama, and while his manager will be reluctant to leave him on the bench, his centrality to England's hopes is such that he may be wary of him picking up an injury.
However, he said at his pre-match press conference: "We have not won a knockout game at the World Cup since 2006, so why we would start plotting which would be a better venue for our semi-final would be beyond me".
"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round".
Speaking before the game, manager Southgate said he wanted to "breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win".
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But Southgate did concede he would probably make some changes for a clash that neither side needs to win.
You can only assume that many other footballers and fans alike are feeling the same way after seeing the line-ups, with Belgium making nine changes from their 5-2 win over Tunisia, and the Three Lions have made eight alterations following a 6-1 demolition against Panama.
Asked if he felt fortunate to be in this position, Southgate said: "Yes, hugely".
Football can also be an individual sport, and one of the most prestigious individual honours in world football is the World Cup golden boot (the player with the most goals at the end of the tournament).
"We are building a team that are passionate to play for England, they want to win every time they go out and are improving all the time, and I think we'll see that again".
In Group H, Japan, Senegal and Colombia can all still qualify for the next phase. Indeed Gareth Southgate will have seen enough from the way Senegal played against the Colombians to appreciate they are by no means unbeatable.
He said: "We've got loads of friends who were umming and ahhing whether to come". The last-16 ties start Saturday, with France taking on Argentina in Kazan and Uruguay facing Cristiano Ronaldo´s Portugal in Sochi.