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 Arsenalâ€™s Theo Walcott and Villaâ€™s Gabriel Agbonlahor being recalled to the squad. There is also a first call-up for Middlesbroughâ€™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 Michaelâ€™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.â€
The one surprise omission is the Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, who of course is a Wallsend boy and thatâ€™s another reason we should try to get him back to his home town club in the summer. Heâ€™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.
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)