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Love Island’s Luca Bish not convinced Gemma Owen’s dad, a professional footballer, will ‘know what he’s talking about’ when it comes to the sport

Love Island’s Gemma Owen and Luca Bish endured an awkward moment when the fishmonger suggested he may know more about football than her dad, famous former footballer-turned commentator Michael Owen.

Gemma mentioned her dad without naming him after Luca pulled her for a chat on the secluded setting of the terrace in last night’s episode.

When 23-year-old fishmonger Luca asked whether her father would like him, the 19-year-old dressage rider replied: ‘You, because you’re sporty, you’re into football, into racing, I think my dad… I feel like you’d have stuff in common.’

‘I talk about football all the time. We’ll see if he knows what he’s talking about,’ Luca responded cheekily, obviously not yet knowing the identity of her dad.

For those like Luca who may need some intel, Gemma’s dad Michael played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team.

After making his debut in the Premier League in 1997, the sports star finished as joint top scorer with 18 goals, sharing the Premier League Golden Boot. He played his first match for England in 1998, becoming England’s youngest player and youngest goalscorer at the time.

We think Michael Owen knows a thing or two about football (Picture: Michael Owen Instagram)

Since retiring from football, he is now a racehorse breeder – hence Gemma’s love for horses and equestrian career – and is also a sports pundit.

So it goes without saying fans found the moment painful to watch, with one commenting: ‘How’s Luca just said to Gemma “i know a lot about football so hopefully your dad does too” i’m screaming 😭 he is gonna be mortified #loveisland.’

Another added: ‘lmaoooo not Luca saying he’ll see if Gemma’s dad knows stuff about football. She’s probs thinking, “you don’t know who ur talking to”.’




Gemma was initially coupled up with Liam Llewellyn until Davide Saclimenti, 27, entered the villa and chose Gemma to pair up with, leaving 22-year-old Liam single.

Since then, two new bombshells Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 27, and Afia Tonkmor, 25, have arrived on the show, with Ekin-Su shaking things up and telling the other islanders that she’s not here to ‘make seasonal girlfriends’.

 ‘I’m here to make the love of my life’, she added.

Gemma and Luca have a flirty chat on the terrace (Picture: ITV)
Gemma chats with Luca about her dad without naming him (Credits: ITV)

The Essex actress then asked Davide for a private PT session in the garden gym, which Gemma wrote off as ‘cringe as f***’.

Meanwhile, Luca has been moving mad in the villa so far; he’s been playing footsie in bed with Paige Thorne, 24, whom he is coupled up with, while also showing interest in Tasha Ghouri, 23.

Luca reassured Paige that he had a better connection with her than Tasha, before having his head turned by Gemma. He also told his islander mates that he wanted to ‘rip off’ Ekin-Su’s clothes after she made her villa debut.

Viewers will have to see whether he cracks on with Ekin-Su, Tasha, Paige or Gemma, or let’s face it, all four, on tonight’s episode.

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

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