Owen Comes Through England B Game Unscathed

England B won their game last night 3-1 against Albania with Stuart Downing scoring two and Alan Smith scored the third.

It’s the first time Owen has played 90 minutes for England for some time – and is another step in his rehabilitation back to full fitness. Michael captained the side.

Both Steven Taylor and Kieron Dyer were introduced for the last quarter of the game – and looked good.

Whether Owen will be at Newcastle come August we still don’t know – and he is not telling anybody as far as we know. Once Mike Ashley comes in – maybe as early as next week – we will need some answers – so Big Sam knows exactly which players he needs to replace in the existing Newcastle squad.

Michael Owen

This is what Owen had to say following the England B game last night.

“I’m sure it will come,” “I’ve been out for a year and that’s my fourth game so I was never going to be at my best. But I feel my touch is decent and I feel sharp. Given the chance, I’m confident I’ll score goals. I had one good chance and just put it wide but I feel happy with my night’s work.

The chances will come and I’m sure I’ll always be there to take them. Until the day I retire, I’m sure I’ll always be the same type of player.

I’m an instinct player and I’ll always back my instinct because I tend to know where the ball is going to drop in the box. It’s just a matter of finishing, I’m sure that will come. “Who knows how long it will take? If I get the balls whizzed into the box and score a couple of goals, everyone will say, `Oh, he looks back to his best’.

It’s just a matter of playing and feeling sharper and sharper.”

Steve McClaren was upbeat about Owen’s performance and said:

“It was tremendous,”. “It was his first 90 minutes for England for almost a year. He just needs more games.”

Looks like McClaren is placing a lot of hope that Owen can stir England out of their recent lethargy and get us a good result against Albania on June 6th.

Just to keep everything in perspective here is the current standing of England’s group for the European Championships next year – England should win rather easily against Estonia – who have no points and have scored no goals!

   		P	W	D	L	F	A	GD	PTS
Croatia 	5 	4 	1 	0 	15 	4 	11 	13
Israel 		6 	3 	2 	1 	13 	6 	7 	11
Russia 		5 	3 	2 	0 	 7 	1 	6 	11
England 	6 	3 	2 	1 	 9 	2 	7 	11
FYR Macedonia 	6 	2 	1 	3 	 5 	5 	0 	 7
Estonia 	5 	0 	0 	5 	 0      10     -10       0
Andorra 	5 	0 	0 	5 	 1 	22     -21 	 0

England are ranked number 8 by FIFA and Estonia are ranked number 110.