Michael Owen has been talking about his form after his great goal for England in their impressive 3-0 victory over Israel on Saturday. Another win against Russia on Wednesday will put England right back as favorites to qualify for Europe next year.
Certainly to fail to qualify will be a big embarrassment but let’s think positively and that will never happen.
Let’s take a look at what Michael said as he certainly seems to be regaining his form and confidence â€“ which can only be good for his club, Newcastle as well as England.
Michael Owen – looking better with each game – good for England and Newcastle
Newcastle striker Michael Owen believes he can rediscover his best form after scoring for England in Saturday’s victory over Israel.
“In terms of picking up injuries, I’m no different to anyone else. Getting injured is part and parcel of football. I’ve been the luckiest man in the world in my career so far.â€
“I’ve played 80 odd times for England at 27. I was probably due a bad one at some point but I’d like to think I’ve come back just as good as before what was a career-threatening injury.â€ “It is great to be back in the team and scoring again. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.â€
“But it is not about me. It is about everyone. I think everyone knows what I am about and I’ve played many times for England and scored many goals.â€ “The most important thing is qualifying for Euro 2008.”
“I feel fine. I’ve played plenty of games already this season. I will play better at times, I will play worse – but at least I’m in a position now to have the option of playing well.”
As we’ve mentioned before we are starting to understand Michael the man more, and he doesn’t like to say too much but would rather get on with what he’s paid for â€“ to play football and score goals. We’ll have to get used to him talking about England because he’s obviously very proud to play for his country â€“ and of course we see nothing wrong with that.
From a Newcastle viewpoint we think if by Christmas Michael has rattled in a few goals for us then it may be time to have contract renewal talks with Owen. With the new regime of Mort, Ashley and Allardyce hopefully doing well by then it would be a good time to extend Michael’s time at Newcastle for a number of years. By then hopefully Michael will know he can help us on the road to a number of trophies in the future – and for England next summer.
We have a piece on Michael on our forum discussing whether Michael will ever be as good as he was – take a look and let’s have your comments on this – but certainly he’s starting to look good again.
Comments very welcome.