Michael Owen played the first 60 minutes in England’s defeat 2-1 against Germany last night.
This is Michael’s 4th game (or some part of it) in the last 10 days so Michael should be getting back to some level of sharpness. When that returns Michael can usually start to score the goals.
Let’s see what Michael said to the Evening Chronicle today – it’s looking like his confidence is back – and when that happens the goals will surely start to flow.
Michael Owen – sharpness, confidence and goals returning? we hope so.
â€œEveryone would say after an injury it usually takes me two or three games to get fully fizzing about and sharp.â€â€œAnd hopefully this is the case this time.â€
â€œI wouldnâ€™t say I am happy at all with my performance against Germany.â€ â€œI missed two chances and Iâ€™m frustrated about that.â€
â€œAfter the match, when you reflect on it, you look at your own game.â€
â€œI am disappointed I missed a couple of chances, but hopefully I can get a goal or two in the next couple of games.â€
â€œHopefully, in two weeks and after a couple of good games for Newcastle, I will be even sharper.â€ â€œI am fit and who is to say I am not at my sharpest now?â€
â€œWhen you miss chances you are a bit down after the match, but you always have to focus on the next chance.â€
Owen went close to scoring against Germany when he forced a good stop out of Jens Lehmann in the first half and then missed another opportunity when Smith flicked on before Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann saved again. But Michael is being truthful in admitting he might have scored two.
Michael is looking ahead to the Newcastle match at Middlesbrough on Sunday and also to Englandâ€™s European qualifiers against Israel and Russia in early September. England have to do well in those two games otherwise England manager Steve McClaren will be under tremendous pressure again. Michael added:
â€œThe fansâ€™ support in the next few games is going to be vital for us.â€ â€œThese are difficult games and it is going to be a massive week.â€
â€œLast night was disappointing, but those games in two weeks time are much more important.â€ â€œI do not believe Germany deserved to win last night.â€
â€œThere was a wonder strike from 30 yards and a catalog of errors for the first goal.â€ â€œWe had a lot more clear-cut chances and I was guilty for missing two of them in the first half.”
“Hopefully, I will be sharper next time.â€
Although Michael will probably not start against Middlesbrough, every game he plays will make him that much sharper and goals will start to flow, we have no doubt about that.
â€œIt is sensible for me to hope for an injury-free season and, if I get that, I have proved over many years I will score goals.â€
â€œStaying fit is the difficult bit, but I feel strong now, as strong as I have for a long time.â€
Owen has missed almost two years of his career during his time at Newcastle but hopefully he can contribute this season for a club that has handled his injury situation extremely well. The last time he scored a competitive goal for Newcastle was in December 2005, when his brilliant hat-trick utterly destroyed West Ham. Michael seems to us to have that spark back as he continued:
â€œThese are exciting times and there is plenty to play for both club and country.â€ â€œI think the best is still to come from me.â€
We hope so because Michael Owen firing on all cylinders will be a huge asset to Newcastle having a great season. That is what we want this year and we’ll have to get back to our winning ways against a struggling Middlesbrough side on Sunday. That would certainly be a good time for Michael to start that goals pipeline flowing again.