Michael Owen fears that he may be dropped from the England team for Fabio Capello’s first game in charge at Wembley tonight, against Switzerland.
Fabio Capello – coach doesn’t think Owen is good team player
It turns out that Owen has not been dropped by England, since his present Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan dropped him to the bench against France, on September 2, 2000.
Michael was fearing the worst yesterday, because in training he was never tried out in any of the striker combinations, as Capello looked at several possible formations. It also looks like the Italian manager will play in a 4-4-1-1 formation, which doesn’t suit Michael’s style of play.
David Bentley and Ashley Young are expected to make their first starts for England, and Joe Cole is also being considered for a starting role, playing just behind Wayne Rooney.
Michael Owen – probably will be dropped tonight by England
It is believed that Capello doesn’t think the Newcastle striker is a good team player, and Capello seems determined to build up a good team spirit and team work in the England squad. That’s interesting, because it was only yesterday that Owen told a local Newcastle paper, that he was more worried about working hard for the Newcastle side, than just scoring goals.
Maybe the word had already been passed to Owen.
Reports suggest Capello’s first choice of strikers was to be Gabriel Agbonlahor and Rooney, but that couldn’t happen when Gabriel injured a hamstring last Saturday, playing for Aston Villa.
As is his custom when announcing teams. Capello will let England’s players know what the team is, just before they get onto the bus around 5 PM.
Fabio Capello said yesterday:
“To begin with, I’m not a Messiah. I’m just someone who tries to achieve results through hard work.â€
“I will try to pass on that winning mentality to the players and to be confident, especially when we play at home. We need to play bravely.â€
“When we are away, we need to be more confident in our strengths and braver in the way we play. I’ve always played 4-4-2, but these are not the most important aspects.â€
“In the Premier League matches I have seen recently, only two or three teams play 4-4-2. Others play with one man up front but, in order to be clear, I have ideas about how my team will play.”
Good words from the new England coach â€“ and make no mistake about Fabio, he’s a world class coach. Of course, whether he can be successful with England, is another matter, but we certainly hope so.