Michael Owen’s number one fan, Kevin Keegan, has backed Owen for England, and says he wouldn’t be at all surprised if Michael scores for England against Switzerland on Wednesday night.
Michael Owen – after scoring on Sunday
All this talk about Kevin not liking Michael as a player seems to have gone up in smoke these last few weeks, as Keegan has not only backed Michael to the hilt, but also made him Newcastle’s captain.
And Michael scored a great goal for Newcastle yesterday and Kevin Keegan says he can do the same for England on Wednesday night:
“Do not worry about Michael, he will get goals – always has, always will. I would not be surprised if he scores for England this week.â€
“He is still a big asset for England. Look at his goals record, 40 in 88 games. He is very fit now and he is working hard.â€
“We have not supplied him with enough chances. It was a half-chance today and he finished it – a great finish.”
Owen had another goal disallowed after 5 minutes on Saturday, when referee Mike Dean wrongly claimed he had fouled Mark Schwarzer when the keeper dropped the ball at Michael’s feet. He didn’t get anywhere near Schwarzer, but referee Dean wouldn’t let Michael have the gift goal, probably because it all looked too easy.
Michael also worked his tail off on Saturday to no avail, and Keegan knows that we need to get more service to the two up font. Newcastle need to create a lot more chances than they did yesterday, against the weaker sides.
We hope Michael starts the game and scores on Wednesday night – just as long as he doesn’t get injured.