Owen in England Squad – Carrick Missing

Fabio Capello has again named Michael Owen in his initial England squad of 30 for the friendly game against France next Wednesday night.


Fabio Capello – good words about Owen

Capello has also included some youngsters in the side, with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor being recalled to the squad. There is also a first call-up for Middlesbrough’s defender David Wheater, who partners Steven Taylor at the heart of the England Under-21 defense.

Fabio was seen at the Newcastle game last Monday night and had this to say about Michael’s performance:

“I saw Michael Owen play for Newcastle on Monday at Birmingham,” “I felt he looked sharp, very alive and it was good to see him scoring.”

The one surprise omission is the Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, who of course is a Wallsend boy and that’s another reason we should try to get him back to his home town club in the summer. He’d be great for Newcastle.

And David Beckham gets a recall and we fully expect him to get his 100th cap for England on Wednesday. Beckham has had his trials and tribulations as a footballer over the last 12 years or so, but the boy has developed into a man, before our eyes. He seems to be able to handle his world fame with some class, and nobody can ever accuse David of not being a committed player, for whichever team he plays for, and that includes England.

He’s also been a great player in his time, and we know that because the English Press have always tried to bring him down – continuously. That’s what they always do with our best. Why? – we have absolutely no idea, other than to say it’s hardly been helpful.

England Squad:

David James (Portsmouth), Scott Carson (Aston Villa), Chris Kirkland (Wigan); Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), John Terry (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Manchester Utd), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester Utd), David Wheater (Middlesbrough), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham), Matthew Upson (West Ham); Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), David Bentley (Blackburn), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Sean Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester Utd), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham); Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester Utd), Michael Owen (Newcastle), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth)

12 comments so far

  • greek toon

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Michael doesn’t care about England any more. He is 100% committed to scoring goals for the Toon 🙂

  • Leo

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    thats correct greek toon…

    im suprised at how old michael carrick is. 26, i thought he was more like 23.

    we definetly should make an attempt to sign him in the summer! i would just love it.

  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Carrick would be an immense acquisition for us. He’s not getting enough football at Man Utd and he’s just the kind of quality midfiled figure we need to relegate Butt to the subs bench.

    What would we have to pay to get him? £12m maybe? I reckon it would be a bargain.

  • scott9

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    carrick would be an unbleivable signing but even though he is a geordie weve not got a chance there would be to many other clubs in for him if he came available even clubs abroad as well as premier league clubs.


    Mar 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    carrick is crap,m can’t play football, can only pass, he can’t get past anyone, he has no shooting ability (ok he has scored one or two, but look at them, defensive mistakes!!! YES he’s a geordie, but not good enough for NUFC, let him go abroad, manure will not keep him as sir alex knows he is shiite!!!

  • Gooderz

    Mar 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Passing is what Carrick’s game is about, holding in midfield and picking out team mates. He also breaks up attacks quite well, and rarely makes stupid challenges. Playing regularly would get him back to how he was at Spurs and exactly why Man U splashed out £18m on him.

    Carrick is a much maligned player in the media because he doesn’t grab the headlines like Rooney and Ronaldo do, but he does a very solid job and it is that (and his height) that we really lack in the centre of the park.

  • Tom

    Mar 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    funny how people think we have more chance of signing a england international midfielder who was bought for 18m and plays regularly for man united than a 21 year old cameroon lad playing in france.

  • scott9

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    yes i totally agree tom hahahahahahaha cause we would be the only club in for carick if he became available (not)

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 21, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Dudu of CSKA is very very similar to Carrick, they are basically the same player.

  • chrisbunton

    Mar 21, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Carrick is a vastly underated player, he shouldn’t just be in the England squad he should be in the team. He is the sort of cultured player England have missed in recent tournaments, he never gives the ball away, his awareness is great and he always chooses the right passes. England have failed against the top teams because we give the ball away too much. Carrick makes Man U tick and he was as big a reason as Ronaldo in Man U winning the league again last year( his first season at the club). I don’t think there is any chance in him coming to the toon.

  • Spyro

    Mar 21, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #11

    We wont get Carrick, but Ex filesunited you do not know football mate, Carrick has great vision and can pass better than most, he defends well, and he CAN shoot, did you see his goal against city couple weeks back, he made that goal from nothing.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 21, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree Spyro, Carrick is a fantastic player. Who would pay 18 mil for this kid if he was shit?

    He can feed the ball to the strikers better than Barton can, and he is a geordie, comited to the cause.
    We should break the bank for players like Carrick.


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