Following Englandâ€™s professional 3-0 win over Estonia yesterday, a win in Moscow on Wednesday evening will be enough for them to guarantee their place at the European finals in Austria and Switzerland next summer.
England are traveling to Moscow from Manchester Airport tomorrow and should feel confident following their solid performance against Estonia.
Michael Owen – says he’s very fit and that England will attack Russia on Wednesday
Guus Hiddinkâ€™s Russia have to win on Wednesday, so it should be a decent game and hopefully England will show some confidence and not just try to hang on as they seemed to do continually during last summerâ€™s World Cup. England have to show the confidence to attack Russia and beat them. Since Russia must attack, there will be opportunities for England to attack Russia on the break.
Newcastleâ€™s Michael Owen talked today about England’s vital game in Moscow:
“We are ready to go out there and play against a good team,â€
â€œThey will have home advantage and a lot has been made out of the surface we will be playing on but we are in confident mood.â€
“We have got top players, playing well for their country, and we will be looking to get a positive result. Any result will be good but we are looking to win.â€
“I’ll be going into the game thinking I can score. Often in these games the best form of defense is attack and if we can get a goal, not many teams can score two against us.”
Owen actually played 70 minutes against Estonia yesterday and looked good as far as his fitness was concerned. The Newcastle United striker will likely start alongside Wayne Rooney once more in Russia. Owen thinks he is peak condition and ready for the plastic pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium.
“Fitness wise I am fine,â€
â€œI feel good and with only playing an hour on Saturday, I will have more energy stored up and hopefully I can show it on Wednesday.”
Letâ€™s hope Michael doesnâ€™t use too much of that energy on Wednesday night â€“ but certainly enough to secure an England win – then we’ll be through to the finals with 4 wins in a row.
Michael will be needed for the following Monday night when Newcastle entertain Tottenham Hotspur at St. Jamesâ€™ Park in a vital league game. A Newcastle win against Spurs will put the Magpies into the top 5 in the league – and that would good so early in the season when the team has yet to gel.
We can then push on from there with our next game being on the following Saturday, 27th October, at Reading. But one game at a time and a win against Spurs is next on the agenda – wonder what the starting team will be, with Barton and Emre now both fit?