Owen Looks Sharp in England Training

Steve McClaren says he has been very impressed with Michael Owen in training and thinks he has looked very sharp.

Michael of course played the last 16 minutes for Newcastle against Everton on Sunday, and even bagged a goal that was more difficult than it looked. That was just 8 days after his hernia surgery in Germany, and if he can prove his fitness during England’s training, he will play in both the upcoming Estonia and Russia games.


Steve McClaren – if Michael is fit he will participate in both games

McClaren talked to Sky Sports yesterday, and this is what he had to say when asked about whether he was impressed with Michael’s fitness:

“Yes I was, he was very sharp. All the players did considering they had played but I very impressed with him.”

McClaren then said that he was in almost daily contact with Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce about Owen’s condition. Sam is worried about Michael playing two games in four days so soon after his operation. Allardyce has every right to be concerned, because Owen has had a terrible injury record over the last 2 years at Newcastle, and Sam is trying to improve it. We don’t think that’s too surprising and we also understand why Steve wants Michael playing for England, because he is a match-winner. What we cannot overlook is what’s best for Michael and that’s what Steve and Sam are discussing on a regular basis.

McClaren rejected the idea that he and Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce had any conflict on whether Owen played. Steve said that Michael would play if fit as he continued.

“People talk of a conflict between Newcastle, Michael and ourselves and there is nothing further from the truth,” he said.

“We liaise with the club, the medical people, we liaise with (manager) Sam (Allardyce), and we liaise with the player. No risk will be taken but Michael is a very important player to us and if Michael is fit, Michael will play.”

This has been in the news a lot – probably because there’s not much else going on. If Michael can play, that’s OK, just as long as he doesn’t get injured, which is the nightmare scenario for Newcastle. As a Newcastle fan, that would just be too hard to take.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 10, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    This is exactly the kind of time (and I don’t say this lightly) when we need someone like Keiron Dyer back at the club. At least he’d be out wrapping his shiny new Ferrari around the swing bridge or getting caught up in some tabloid kiss and tell by some lass from South Shields who says he made her wear a mackem shirt while he did her up the…well you get the picture.
    All I’m saying is I can’t take another 3 days of this EMO (not my words) tripe!


  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 10, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    BTW – is it just me, or do them two people behind SM look like they’re about to get it on? (and what exactly is SM looking so happy about?)

  • Hammy

    Oct 10, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Toon chicken….you’re right, bet they aren’t married…looks like the old bedroom eyes routine. She doesn’t look bad, he must earn a fortune as he’s no Brad Pitt can’t see why she’d be interested otherwise.
    Totally agree about blog topics, looks like we’ve now got too many well behaved players and Joey will be on best behaviour with his impending court appearance.
    Sinead has vanished and the Given / Harper thing has been concluded for now.


    Anybody got anything to argue or debate? anything……hello?

  • steve

    Oct 10, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    looks like they have thier fingers up SM’s arse

  • doby the mag

    Oct 10, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Well said Toon Chicken…I totally agree with you. I was saying to the lads at work this morning the same thing because according to the Sun MO has had the hump with BSA for two yrs since BS said MO shouldn’t be playing in the start of Germany 2006. I’m sick of hearing about it.
    With regards to the bird behind SM, I thought it looked like Gabby wots her face, the really poor sports presenter…you know the one who thinks she knows all about football cos her dad used to play a bit.

  • Bill F

    Oct 10, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    I have heard a rumour that Ed might invest some of his internet billions in the Toon.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 10, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon Chicken – think you’re right about those two behind Steve – cold water required quickly 😀

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 10, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Think they comparing Mclaren’s cheeks

    She: mmmm this one’s a bit bumpy
    He: mmmm this one’s a bit saggy

    Steve: mmmmm.. Owen looks fit

  • ChrisL

    Oct 10, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Craig has got it…. A caption competition!

    Him = What really, you’re shaved all over?!!!
    Steve thinks = Hmmm, I wonder if EMO will be shaved all over?

  • ChrisL

    Oct 10, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Or how about Ed makes up one story a day that is absolute complete rubbish (a bit like the press do), but would be great if it were true…. type of thing.

    For example:

    Rooney in ManU quit shocker. Says that he “wishes he had signed for the toon in the 1st place”.

  • leo

    Oct 10, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    unlikely but would give us something to talk about


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