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Owen In England Squad – Smith Omitted

4:32 pm, Thursday, January 31st, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Michael Owen is selected in the provisional 30 man squad just announced by new England manager Fabio Capello, but as expected both David Beckham and Paul Robinson are left out of the squad.

Newcastle’s Alan Smith is also omitted.

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Michael Owen - in England’s provisional 30 man squad


The squad named is for the game at Wembley, against 2008 European Championships co-hosts, Switzerland, to be played next Wednesday, 6th February.

Curtis Davies is the real surprise in Fabio Capello’s first England squad. The Aston Villa defender Davies, who is on loan from West Bromwich Albion, and was a target of Glen Roeder a year ago, is picked for the first time, after making just 8 Premier League appearances this season.

Villa’s excellent winger Gabriel Agbonlahor is also included, as expected, while Glen Johnson, Matthew Upson and Jonathan Woodgate are also back in the squad.

For his goalkeepers, Capello has selected David James, Scott Carson and Chris Kirkland and has dropped Paul Robinson from the squad altogether. Robinson is on the bench for Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. John Terry and Frank Lampard are both missing because of injury.

Tottenham strikers Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent are also left out of the squad.

England squad:

David James (Portsmouth), Scott Carson (Aston Villa), Chris Kirkland (Wigan Athletic), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Curtis Davies (Aston Villa), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur), Nicky Shorey (Reading), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Micah Richards (Manchester City) Matthew Upson (West Ham United), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur) Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers), Emile Heskey (Wigan Athletic), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Peter Crouch (Liverpool)



Tags: Alan Smith · England News · Michael Owen · Newcastle News



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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Dont give a shit if Owen plays for England or not, he will only get injured again and we (NUFC) pay the ultimate price by having our 17 million man out for another season.

  • 2 Callum // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Defoe looks likes hes going to Portsmouth.. we should bid for him imo

  • 3 milner fan // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Hopefully we will sell him in the summer and get sum sort of decent price for him, Id rather have 8m for him, rather than keep him on n watch him socre 5 goals a season, would prefer 2 martins up front any day!!!

  • 4 milner fan // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    ED i think you should do a poll on how long owen will be out for. I would vote for a hammy about 3-4 weeks. Any other votes lol

  • 5 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Smith is poo anyway, not a big loss to England!

  • 6 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    the bookies will be taking bets on how long he will be out if he plays! And on what kind of injury he will pick up! lol

    Ive got a score on a broken finger! 10/1

    steal :)

  • 7 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Wow, we have only ONE player in the squad and he doesn’t even deserve to be there. This really shows how much we lack english quality

  • 8 Bill F // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Blimey a 30 man squad, its’ going to be one hell of a rotation for them all to get a game.

  • 9 Black and White Blood // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    @Dragoner – Oh well, only one NUFC player in the squard that means only one potential injury!

  • 10 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Defoe Seen at St. James

  • 11 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Did you see him like Kash? !!

  • 12 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    One of the head underwriters I work alongside just told me. I live in London nowadays mate, but he might be pulling my leg!

  • 13 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Either way wouldn’t be surprised considering he might move to Pompey!

  • 14 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    He probly is mate, no big signings for us this winter!

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    watch for Chermiti hes immense, greatest first touch ever, since berbatov.

  • 16 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    everyone listen too this!!!!!!!

    benjani up for sale!!!!!!!!!
    and man city are about too sign him.
    top goal scorer for pompey,oh my days.
    NEWCASTLE MUST MAKE BID FOR HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 17 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Where did you get that from Joel?

  • 18 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    GO ON SKY SPORTS NOW QUICKLY,IN THERE TOP STORIES IT SAIDSS MAN CITY HAVE AGREE A FEE FOR BENJANI!!!!!!!

  • 19 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    IS EVERYONE READING WHAT I AM SAYING! BENJANI UP FOR SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 20 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Benjani will go to city and Defoe will go to pompey. Sory to say it but the transfer window is closed as far as the toon are concerned

  • 21 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Benjani is shit!

  • 22 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Agree with Kash2, i could have scored most of the goals he did and scored most of the ones he missed.

    Chermiti is 100x better :)

  • 23 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Oh Oh, Joel, I better go out and personally make an offer for Benjani!!!

    What do you want us to do?! FannY

  • 24 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Sory to burst your bubble Joel but Benjani is going to City. As much as i fooking hate to say it!

  • 25 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    KASH 2,i dont know how much u know ur football but u are crazy not too say benjani is good

  • 26 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    TomToon, who is this Chermiti youre raving about?

  • 27 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    I know quite a bit, and he’s shit. Not once did he pose Ferdinand or Brown any problems last night!

    MUPPET

  • 28 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    kash2 ur the god dam fanny you need to get to grips here.are u a newcastle surport because u sound more like a sunderland fan.

  • 29 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    If Chermitititimassivetitty or Chikwaldooooooooowi are any good mate then we’ll sign them or we’ll express an interest and they’ll sign for Portsmouth. I’m sure Jeff Vetere or whoever the FCUK will be watching the ACN.

  • 30 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Born and Bred with Broon Ale in me veins!!!!!

    No need for Benjani, when our problem is creating goals. Ask anyone here, they’ll tell you, we DON’T need SHIT strikers we NEED midfielders who can pass and cross!

  • 31 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Hahahahahaha!!!! Go on lads!!!

  • 32 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    the only guy who honestly knows his football is ronaldoeano.iv’e seen benjani live 6 times he is qulatiy!!!

  • 33 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Wow, I wish I was you. I’ve seen Benjani since he signed from Marseille. I watch football first like every other Tom, Dick and Joel. He scores goals, what a fcuking shocker.

    I wonder why he scores so many goals. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Maybe its because Portsmouth create plenty of chances, DO YOU THINK?!?!

  • 34 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    i know we need midfielders,but has there been any proper midfielders about,that are linked with us at the moment. NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so we should concentrait on what we have ahead of us ,like who is up for sell!!!!!!!!!!

  • 35 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Chermiti is playing now, bloody immense first touch he makes most decent strikers look like rhino’s. His first touch is almost on par with Berbatov.

    Hes only 20 still plays in africa and could be got on the cheap, he’d walk into our first team.

    Doubt we will ever get Chikhaoui i thinks hes going to Bayern for 10 mil!

  • 36 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    My girlfriends husbands boyfriend knows more about football than me!!! keep fighting lads, its funny as fook this!! :)

  • 37 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    tom-toon stop thinkin about people who are not going to transfer

  • 38 Leo* // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    he is good but we need midfielders, owen and martins are better, they just need the service that benjani is getting. having said that i would welcome him in with open arms

  • 39 Ashton // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Chermiti is looking decent so far
    nice header btw :)

  • 40 Whumpie // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    There’s no way to know how good any of our strikers are when nobody can get the ball to them. We’ve got some real talent coming through, and a decent coach should get the likes of Piedooka, Martins and EMO hitting the target. And with Carroll, Shola and various new young signings on the bench, I don’t think strikers are our problem.

    Everywhere else, yes. Strikers, no.

  • 41 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    to you to, not like we going to get Benjani so dont talk bout him, not like we’re going to get half these players any of us mention, so shssh.

  • 42 Ausgeordie // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Love to have defoe…..and no shit smith did not make the squad. Thats like saying Shearer didn’t make it…was there ever a friggin doubt. He sucks balls

  • 43 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    leo like the way you said things ,sound.

  • 44 joel // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    soz did not mean to afend you tom-toon jus puttin it out straight

  • 45 Graeme // Feb 1, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    I just dont understand how he is thought to be England class. Owen has done nothing since he came back from his injury.

    He has lost his pace and his sharpness which coupled with our mid field (what midfield??) makes him look very ordinary indeed.

    It wouldnt bother me to see him go, if we can use whatever we get to splash on a proper CF!!!!!




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