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Michael Owen explains if he will enter the Love Island villa to surprise his daughter Gemma

Sharnaz Shahid

Mike Owen revealed that he will not enter the island of love villa to visit his daughter, Gem. News of this will undoubtedly leave football – and the island of love – disappointed fans.

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Gemma, 19, who is in a relationship with fishmonger Luca, has been on the ITV dating show for over a month now and is set to reach the final stages of the competition, when family members of candidates are invited to La villa.

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In a recent interview with Sky Sports at the racesformer England player Michael has confirmed he will stay home to look after their horses while his wife Louise will surprise their eldest daughter instead.

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“My wife will do this duty,” he said. “I will represent the horses and she will represent the girl.” The doting dad added: “I don’t know what I’m going to get from Box To Box. But I know what I’m going to get from my daughter. I fathered her for 19 years so I’m pretty sure what I will get from her.”

On Wednesday night’s show, Michael received a special mention when Gemma and Luca went on their first date. She told him, “You have a similar humor to my father’s to be fair.” To which Luca replied, “If only I could kick a ball like him!”

Michael Owen with his eldest daughter Gemma

Gemma is one of this year’s hopeful bachelors to step into the Love Island villa – and Michael has previously confessed he was supportive of her decision to join the show.

“I have no doubt she will make us all proud,” he told ITV News. “It’s probably a father’s worst nightmare, but whatever she wants to do. You have to be supportive.”

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