Michael Owen has shown his obvious frustration at all the media hype over his injury and whether he is fit or not.
It finally seems to have finally gotten to him.
Youâ€™ve got to give Michael credit for working his way back so quickly and with tremendous effort to get fit for Newcastleâ€™s game with Everton last Sunday. That effort wasnâ€™t wasted as he scored what tuned out to be the winner, when Given scored an embarrassing own goal with only a couple minutes left of added time.
Let’s see what Michael has been saying.
Michael Owen - give the lad a break, he’s worked his tail off to get fit
Michael was speaking at England’s Watford training headquarters ahead of Saturday’s European Championship qualifier against Estonia at Wembley.
Hereâ€™s what Michael had to say when asked if he was only interested in playing for England:
“If I was only interested in playing for England, I would not have busted a gut to get myself fit and be available for Newcastle’s game with Everton last Sunday.â€
“I cannot fathom any of the debate that is going on.â€“The injury is no longer. I flew to Munich on Thursday, had the operation on Friday and came back on the Saturday.â€
“I was walking on Sunday, jogging on Monday and did everything; sprints, blasting balls on Thursday. I trained with the team on Friday and Saturday and was available for Sunday.â€
“The specialist who carried out the operation in Munich has said exactly what happened and how long my recovery time would be.â€ “Yet, somewhere along the line, everyone seems to have gone the opposite way and started questioning the surgeon.â€
“I find it very strange that people question a specialist who has done thousands of operations before, who is saying you could be back in a matter of a few days. That is exactly what has happened.”
“I would play in any game; for Newcastle or England and I thought pushing myself to get back on Sunday the way I did would have dispelled any thoughts that I was just trying to get myself right for England.”
“Obviously Joey has to get back in the Newcastle team and perform well.â€ “I am sure if he gets called up for England, he won’t be saying that.”
Newcastle fans are understandably worried about the situation. Having just watched the Newcastle-Everton game for a third time, he looked great in the last 15 minutes and it was an excellent headed goal he scored after 90 minutes. Much better than it first appears. He also looked sharp and had another very good shot just wide.
Seems to us that Michael is ready to produce the goods for Newcastle, belatedly though it is – but through no fault of his own. . We may see what’s in store for Newcastle when Michael gets going for England on Saturday.
Michael been injured a lot and taken lots of criticism but we think that’s mainly been the media’s making – let’s just give the lad a break. 10 goals in 21 appearances isn’t too bad. Just think how many he’ll score in 100 appearances Â