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We're united now- Owen.

Byline: Mark Burton

OWEN Hargreaves insisted no ill-feeling existed between the Manchester United and Chelsea players as they reunited for England's end-of-season internationals with the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

The United midfielder is backing Chelsea skipper John Terry to overcome the agony of missing the decisive penalty in the shoot-out which handed the Red Devils their second Champions League crown under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The players experienced similar conditions to those in Moscow last Wednesday evening - driving rain - when they trained ahead of the double-header on Wednesday and Sunday.

But there were no visible signsof any hangover on the part of the Chelsea contingent, while the United players were focused on making the right impression under the watchful eye of national team boss Fabio Capello.

Hargreaves is adamant the level of respect between the players of both teams, who fought out the titanic struggle in Russia, runs deep after many battles side by side for their country.

Hargreaves said: "The Man United players are on a high and the Chelsea players are a bit disappointed, but we are all professional enough to put that aside.

"The final has gone and we are a team for England now. We are focusing on the two games with England.

We are not focusing on what happened a week ago.

"I don't think there is any ill-feeling towards each other. Everyone is friends.

We have known each other a long time.

"We have spent so much time together at major tournaments.

There is a lot of mutual respect.

"I am sure it is not easy for Chelsea to forget what happened but they have done a fabulous job this week of not letting anything really get to them and I admire them for that."

Terry, who is still waiting to find out if he will be Capello's eventual captain, was totally inconsolable after events in Moscow when his penalty struck the outside of the post as glory for Chelsea beckoned.

But Hargreaves said: "The initial disappointment would have been difficult but he has got over that. And he will learn a lot from that moment. He will come back even stronger."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 27, 2008
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