Shearer Backs Michael Owen for 100 England Caps

Alan Shearer has been talking about Michael Owen to the Newcastle Journal this morning.


Alan Shearer – backs Michael Owen for 100 caps

Alan talked about Owen today:

“Without a doubt Michael Owen will reach 100 caps for England,” “I think it’s still very early days for Fabio Capello and it is too early to judge what he is planning to do when the important games start in September.”

“He’s choosing different captains, different players and different formations in the friendly games, but I’m sure Michael will be part of his plans when the serious stuff starts. Michael will be taking things in his stride but he’ll be determined to get back into things because he’s that kind of character.”

“A few people have doubted his ability in recent weeks but I have never doubted him and I know Michael never doubts his own ability either.” When you look at his goal-scoring record I don’t think he needs to prove himself.”

Kevin Keegan’s brilliant move to play all of his strikers in a 4-3-3 formation has really paid off, but it’s not clear if this will be for the long term, since Kevin usually plays a couple of fast direct wingers.

But Owen has slotted in very well just behind the front two over recent weeks, a role that shows just what a good player Owen is, and Shearer believes plays to Michael’s strengths.

Shearer continued:

“At the moment Michael is playing a role just behind two strikers in a front three and it really suits his game. I think it plays to some of his strengths and he’s enjoying it while Newcastle are seeing the benefits of it,”

“I’m not sure whether Kevin Keegan will continue to play that system next season but it’s something that is really working for them at the moment and helping Michael too so maybe it is something he will think about taking into next season.”

“I know Michael is enjoying the captaincy as well. I think he enjoys having that extra responsibility and it is certainly inspiring him.” “I have never doubted him for one minute,” “I know what it’s like when you’ve been out and injured for such a long time – it takes time to get your sharpness back.”

“He’s got that now and Newcastle are starting to see the benefits. But with a player like Michael, you should never doubt him. I understand why people have been doubting him but the team wasn’t winning or playing well so it was always going to be difficult for him to recover his form with all that going on around him.”

“People get frustrated in that situation but now fortunes seem to have changed a bit I think you will start to see the best from Michael Owen. He scored at Birmingham, against Fulham and Spurs and they are big goals. But then I always knew that Michael is the kind of player who will come good when you need him.”

It’s true that Shearer has always had confidence in him, and when Owen first arrived it was a joy to watch both of them playing together.

But there’s not doubt that Michael Owen is really starting to show his worth to Newcastle and we would expect him to sing a new contract in the summer, to keep him at the club another 4 years or so. It’s obvious since Keegan took over in January that he sees Owen as a big player for Newcastle and so far, as usual, Kevin had been proved 100% correct.

It will also be interesting in the summer to see if Alan can join Kevin Keegan as a coach at Newcastle. We would hope he can, and that will set up a long term management plan at Newcastle with Shearer in place to take over from Kevin when Kevin decides to call it a day.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Tom4NUFC

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    He is a great player, doesn’t matter where you play him, he is always capable of bagging a goal… or two, his new role in the team has proved this.
    Therefore 100 caps should easily be within his capabilities.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Owen’s goal record demands that he starts for England. Rooney is an obvious talent so can’t be omitted but his goal record doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Owen will go down as an all time England great. So far, although his performances have been great, Rooney has underachieved. If Capello would just stop playing one up front!

  • Benn..Geordie Down South

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    We Just Need To Get Him On A New 5 Year Contract Now.. We’d Be Foolish To Let Him Leave!!

  • dougnufc

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    5 years is too long, he would be 33 and I believe 3 year contract is enough, because in three years time, Andy Carroll will be a lot better and deserves to be in the starting 11

  • HeronMag

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree with Dougnufc that Carroll is a very exciting talent. I’d like to see him start a few if we secure Premier League status.

  • Leo

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    the whole 433 thing just shows that keegan is a great tactician that people say he is not.

    we had no pacey wingers, so he developed a way of them playing to compliment what they have got, i expect keegan will be on the lookout for his ‘pacey’ wingers all the time and i bet the club has a massive lift of people to scout

  • Leo

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    well lets be fair, if rooney and owen deserve to be in there, then so does defoe, he is scoring like there is no tomorrow, (sorry haha)

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Defoe and Owen are the only two strikers who deserve to be there, Rooney needs to score more goals first

  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Owen will soon be England’s record goalscorer of all time when he edges past Charlton’s record. And I for one will be proud to tell the grandchildren many many years from now, that he did it while playing for the Toon!

  • madyaka

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Owen you legend!
    heres hoping alan joins KK’s technical team next year!

    Howay the lads

  • Ian

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #11

    All Shearer talks about his mate Owen, not a good sign that Shearer will make a good manager in the future.

    Michael Owen will do the talking himself on the pitch, if he keeps improving as he has then he could achieve anything, if he has another bad injury then…

    Defoe is way above Owen in my book as far as England is concerned, look at his scoring record, he is on fire.

  • Reb

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    The problem with Defoe, Ian, is that he’s had great club form before, and always fallen flat at international level.

    But, that said, I was surprised to see him dropped from the squad entirely last match.


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