Owen Unlikely To Make England Squad

Michael Owen thinks he could miss out of the England squad to face France on March 26th.


Michael Owen – more of these are required from him

Owen told BBC Radio 5 Live today:

“When you are down it’s hard to be listened to.”

“Results are not going well and, when you are not playing well as a team and individually, then individuals will not get picked for the national team.”

“The new manager has only had one game in charge and that was a friendly so we will see what develops,”

The 28-year-old striker has scored only 6 goals for Newcastle United this season.

But if Fabio Capello picks on club form, which he says he will do, we don’t think Owen deserves to be in the squad.

Michael Owen has a great name in world football and has had a wonderful career, but this season he’s been a pale shadow of his former self.

And it may be that the young new players breaking through like David Bentley, Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor and are leaving Michael behind.

Owen gets his big wages for scoring goals, and until he starts doing that again he’ll not return to his former status. But we’d be very pleased if Michael proves us completely wrong.

What do you think?

Does Michael deserve to be in England’s squad?

Let us know – comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Coolsmurf

    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #1

    honestly, not a chance…

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #2

    No he doesn’t deserve to be in the England starting XI but saying that he always plays well when he does play for England. He see us as a route into the England squad which is the wrong attitude to have.
    On the subject of England do we think Kirkland should play because he been playing well since Steve Bruce arrived at Wigan. Next home game we should all wait for Smith to come out and take him hostage. Only way forward as KK won’t drop the useless git. Harper should keep the place of Given and he might stand a chance of playing for England.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 11, 2008 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree with Capello and pick players on form.

    This will mean he’ll have to score some goals for us to get a place in the England team/squad.

    I’d have hoped he’d say that there were more important things to concentrate on instead of the selfish I’ll not get picked for England cos Newcastle are so crap!

    Score some goals fgs and earn your place.

  • Reb

    Mar 11, 2008 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Actually, Obafan2, I’m fairly sure that Owen said almost exactly that. I listened to the whole interview and he answered the question posed about England, ending with “But right now my main priorities are with Newcastle”. Funny how that bit always gets left out by the press (and apparently, by Ed as well).

    That said — how many English strikers are scoring at the moment? Rooney, who’s a certain pick any way, and Kitson? Agbonlahor and Crouch haven’t scored yet this year (2008) — at least Owen’s done that. I’ve seen Kitson, don’t think he’s international quality, tbh. Not a lot of options for England, so I expect to see Owen called up but not in the XI.

    Owen and England have long been a potent combination (40 goals in 88 matches). I’d not drop him, if I were Cappello. There’s no one else near as proven, and to be honest the lad isn’t that old (only just 28 last December) — don’t “banish” him just yet.

  • Whitt

    Mar 11, 2008 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #5

    he’s more proven, but the fact is that what used to scare defenses, his blistering pace, is no longer there. this was quite evident in the first half against Liverpool. there was a moment in the first half where Owen got a ball on the counter just into Liverpool’s half. he ran w/ the ball and ended up getting a shot deflected and didn’t look particularly threatening. nothing would have stood out about the sequence, except that was the exact type of play that he would have looked extremely dangerous on a couple years ago. that’s how he made a name for himself in the first place.

  • Ryan

    Mar 11, 2008 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #6

    But Owen did score lot in england squad. He’s one of England best striker for now. That’s what i think. prove me wrong

  • geordie_jordan

    Mar 11, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #7

    anyone who has watched agbonlahor this year will agree that he is better than michael owen. fact.
    that being said i’m glad mickey is at nufc. i hope he stays (just not on his current wage packet).

  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Mar 11, 2008 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #8

    he can’t score for us, why should he be in the England Squad

  • peter

    Mar 11, 2008 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Good players don’t defy nature – they age and lose speed like the rest – what sets them apart over time is that they adapt – while the ‘once were champions’ fade away, they rewrite their careers – they add guile, where once pure pace was enough – they add guts and determination, where once they only had to look at the ball for it to go sailing past two or three opponents into the back of the net – they replace big wages with big responsibility… and help build the next generation of champions. Does this sound like Owen, to you ??? Newcastle, England, …even Owen needs it to be so… Some will wait and see – Others know already!

  • AdamCF

    Mar 11, 2008 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #10

    I would’ve thought club form would dictate as to whether they get selected for their country. So the answer is simple.

  • Rob

    Mar 11, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #11

    harps england no 1 we have done worse

  • Graham

    Mar 11, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #12

    We could have Berbatov and Torres up front for us – But if we aint creating chances even they wouldn’t be scoring regularly!

  • Nick Dryden

    Mar 11, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Owen wants a pay rise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Is this the biggest mickey take ever?
    Get rid. 4.5 M should do it. He’s a busted flush like so many of our mercenary has – beens. If KK won’t play the likes of EDGAR and LUA, then he almost deserves to go down for the chummy attitude he has with the likes of Smith, Butt, Owen and Duff. None of our senior players would ever get a game for the top 6, let lone top 4 teams.

  • Eric

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Owen’s Newcastle priorities are a throw away line for the media. If KK has any sense he won’t make the XI for us, let alone the ‘favs’ Smith and Butt. What’s the betting ‘Basher’ Barton is in the next NUFC side. Sell him to Roma – more his style.

  • toonhitman

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #15

    owen needs to consentrate on his club football first,but he has laways put country before club

  • toonhitman

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #16

    owen wanting a pay rise is a kick in the teeth to evey toon fan the cheeky scouse scum bag you have to earn a pay rise SELL HIM

  • Hadji

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    He’s way too expensive for his poor services.
    I don’t understand one thing and is worrying me a bit.Have Godsmark and Doninger signed profesional contracts with the club or they will be released by the time they are 18.

  • Eric

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Is KK really chasing another goalkeeper? Media gossip now says he’s interested in Loach of Watford. Why? Has he some plan next season to play 4 keepers at once to compensate for a shite defence?

  • Hadji

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #19
  • Hadji

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Eric…Just look at Liverpool:Reina,Carson,Itandje

  • Leo

    Mar 11, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #21

    you know its hard for owen, he is not in goal scoring form, but is working his arse off in the matches but to no avail… just hope he can score some crucial goals in oncoming games and prove that he should be in the england squad, because thats whats important to us

  • Callum

    Mar 11, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    He isnt going to score if our midfield dont supply him because he isnt going to run 20 yards with the ball and put it in the back of the net, thats why we have martins 😀

  • Mr T

    Mar 11, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Owen shouldn’t even start for us, nevermind be in England squad. Two words, past it!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Hes past it and a burden, get rid, the day we do will be the day we are more free.

  • GP

    Mar 11, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Since when do Newcastle fans care about the England national team? If any of you knew your history you would know we’ve always shown indifference to those bastards in London.

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #26

    GP – maybe just the old fashioned ones – like me.
    Well at least the old ones I should say.

  • ScottyT

    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27

    agree GP i really cudnt giv a shit about england compared to toon

    owen hasnt scored enougnt this season and hasnt shown enough committment to us since he arrived he dusnt deserve to be in the england squad end of.

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Owen shouldnt get his game for England. Its plain to see he is getting no service from midfield and thats not his fault but I just think after all his injuries he has lost all his pace, what his game was all about, now he has to adjust his game like Shearer had to but perhaps he doesnt have the strength that Shearer had to be as efffective with a different style of play?


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