An excellent article written in the News of The World today by Michael Owen gives us a little insight into what Michael is thinking about losing his England place.
Michael Owen – his attitude is first class
Michael is a very likable lad and seems to approach the challenge to regain his England place head on, and indeed yesterday scored a good opportunist goal after just 5 minutes at Villa Park. That was before another famous collapse in the second half by the Magpies, reminiscent of the game with Manchester United recently when we let in 6 goals. Yesterday was an improvement in that we only let in 4 goals. 🙁
Michael said in his column today:
“Fabio Capello’s first England team was picked from in-form players and I fully understand why I was left out.”“Four months with one goal mainly because of injury has not given me the opportunities to show the new manager what I can do.”
“But if I get an injury, it always seems to be a career-threatening one and an inquest is held: Will Michael Owen ever be the same player again?”
“If I go half a dozen games without a goal it’s a serious crisis and they start to ask: Has he lost his goal-scoring touch?”
Michael has been almost an automatic choice since he made debut 10 years ago at just 18 years old, after his first season in the Premier League with Liverpool.Â Michael will have seen some good performances from the youngsters on Wednesday night against Switzerland â€“ especially in the second half, in what we thought was a promising start under new manager Fabio Capello, who we have been impressed with.
Here’s Michael’s full article – it’s worth a read by all Newcastle fans to help us understand where our new captain is coming from.
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