Newcastle United captain Michael Owen is keen to reach 100 caps for his country â€“ and he’s just 11 appearances short of that significant milestone.
Michael Owen – 40 goals and 89 caps for England – not bad
The 28 year-old has been included in Fabio Capello’s England squad for the summer friendlies with the USA and Trinidad & Tobago.
Michael talked to Sky Sports today:
“Well obviously it would be a very proud moment if I was ever lucky enough to get 100 caps,”
“The two elements are staying fit and being in good form and if you do them two, then I would be hopeful one day I can get it.â€
“It sounds nothing – 11 caps to go – but at international level that is either a year-and-a-half or two years so it isn’t easy and that puts David’s 100 caps and achievement into perspective.”
“He has been fantastic.”
Michael Owen famously burst on the England scene in his first season for Liverpool and was included in the England squad at the tender age of 18, in the summer world cup of 1998.
Then he scored that great individual goal that made headlines during the 1998 World Cup following his wonder strike against Argentina in St. Etienne. That was the game of course in which David Beckham was sent off and England lost on penalties in the quarter finals.
Michael has 40 goals for England, which is just 9 goals short of the record held by Ashington-born Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest players ever to grace a football pitch.
Owen talked of that record:
“Again it is something that is a long way off, but being on 40, although I wouldn’t say it is an easy target, realistically there is a chance if I play regularly over the next two or three years.â€
“There is half a chance that I could get close to it.â€
“It’s quite a tough one but maybe achievable.â€
“They almost interlink [caps and goals] if I can stay fit and stay in the team and play well I might have a chance.â€
On a more down to earth level for Newcastle’s great fans, we are hoping it will not be too long before Michael signs an extended contract at Newcastle.
There’s not doubt Michael has proved since Kevin arrived at the club, that he’s an important part of the club’s hopefully successful future.