Capello Omits Owen From England Squad

There were a couple of shocks in the England squad Fabio Capello named for the World Cup qualifiers and there’s no room for Newcastle captain Michael Owen, while Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard is included for the first time.

Michael Owen – omitted from England squad

Bullard has played well for Fulham and it’s not really a surprise for Jimmy, and we think it’s a well deserved call-up and he wouldn’t be a bad player for Newcastle either, but this will now raise his transfer price.

We’re surprised that Michael Owen didn’t make the squad, although it could be that Capello considers him not match fit at the moment.

The 29 year-old Bullard has had an excellent start to the season, and Capello has proved again he will pick the men in form, and that’s not a bad strategy for an England manager, and different to that of former unsuccessful manager Steve McLaren.

Capello was at the Emirates Stadium yesterday, when Newcastle were taken apart by Arsenal, and it was a difficult game for Michael, because Newcastle were not often on the attack, although Michael could still have had a couple of goals.

Capello had given a hint that Owen may not be selected earlier in the week.

“Owen is a good player and always scores a lot of goals for England,” “But he has not played and at this moment, we need fit players.”

We think there’s not much need for concern for Michael because if he keeps playing for Newcastle the way he has been recently it will be very difficult for Capello to leave him out of future England squads, and we’re sure Owen will take this as a challenge, because he’s never taken anything for granted in football, to his credit.

Capello has kept the four strikers from the squad that earned only mixed reviews at best, for their performance in the draw against the Czech Republic at Wembley on August 20. We didn’t think England looked too good in that game and were rather lucky to get the draw.

With Manchester City keeper Joe Hart back to England Under-21 duty, and Jonathan Woodgate injured, Robert Green and Joleon Lescott have been recalled, and we must say Green has earned his inclusion, with some great displays for West Ham United.

The England squad to play Andorra and Croatia:

Robinson (Blackburn), James (Portsmouth), Green (West Ham); Lescott (Everton), Bridge (Chelsea), A Cole (Chelsea), Terry (Chelsea), Brown (Manchester United), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Johnson (Portsmouth), Upson (West Ham); Barry (Aston Villa), J Cole (Chelsea), Lampard (Chelsea), Bullard (Fulham), Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Downing (Middlesbrough), Bentley (Tottenham), Jenas (Tottenham); Walcott (Arsenal), Rooney (Manchester United), Defoe (Portsmouth), Heskey (Wigan).

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Bad Decision by Capello, Bad for england, Good for us…. 🙂

  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #2

    This is good for us, because there’s no risk of him getting injured in the process, and he’ll probably work hard to bring out his best football for us so Capello will notice him and call him up in the future.

    On the other hand, what is Capello doing, Owen is Englands best goalscorer, and why are players such as Young, Agbonlahor and Hart left out when Robinson and Walcott get in?!

    I know match fitness is a concern but Owen’s scored 2 from the bench for us lately so clearly he’s worth considering as someone to bring on late on and nick a goal? Against Croatia this might be quite crucial!

  • cumbyrmyloard

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #3



  • ed_speed

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #4

    owen is the best english striker.


    (not the womens type)

    regards, ed speed

  • Darryl

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Let the italian get on with it. You no what theyre like. like women.. bitchy and go over the top…

  • cumbyrmyloard

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #6



    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #7

    champion he will hopefully be more hungry for goals great result for the big spending scum doon the road today smb

  • valle

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Whats on with the caps lock messages these days?

  • Gordon 36Tmil

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Did Capello just give Michael another reason to leave Newcastle?

    He will not sign a new contract if we keep having a second rate squad that battles relegation. How on gods earth do Keegan imagine to keep Owen, when he couldn’t even keep Milner. Not that it is Keegan fault i’m just saying.

  • GraemeR

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #10

    could be a good thing or a bad.

    He could either realise his stock is falling and take the new contract OR blame the club for lack of ambition (or not matching his) and move on for free.
    NE1 think that the improved contract is due to the WOW signing falling through??

  • IrishMan

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Bad for us – this may give him an excuse to walk away.

  • A.L 9

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Good for Newcastle but shows just how poor a manager Cappelo is, where are the goals going to come from when Defoe (complete cack in an england shirt) is our only goalscorer.

  • Alex James

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #13

    We only have a few English senior players in our squad – Owen, Smith, Butt, Barton, Taylor, Guthrie and Ameobi. Owen is currently the only quality player out of those.

    I remember only a few seasons ago we had Owen, Dyer, Jenas, Parker, Woodgate in there.

  • Bobby Ollox

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #14


  • sean

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #15

    everyone is taking the mick as far as transfers are concerned!!

    e.g there have been comments on the signings of DEIGO,AARON LENNON, RICQULME(wrong spelling i no)!!! now i wouldn’t mind (in fact i would be excited ) if we got any of these players but the truth is we will probally get the defender from hamburg(if we are lucky that is bcuz he refused to turn up to the medical) and maybe one player who we dont no about (plus ignacio gonlazes

    but i am still confident that we will get 3 players i just dont no if they will be last minute make-do’s or half-quality players!!

  • ed_speed

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #16

    i have said all along, riquelme is a class player who would do well at toon.

    ed speed

  • ToonKing

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #17


  • gorskino10

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #18

    I kno my idea of Matias was wild but many NUFC fans here are SOO UNREALISTIC why would Riquelme leave his home town team??? also why would Deigo come here i know he said WOW but hes means WOW in realisim.

  • ToonKing

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #19

    well thats it for today…today is D-day.

  • Nev

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #20


    deserved call up for the most under-rated player in the country!

    wish we could sign him tbh … but i think he said he doesnt want to play at SJP coz of the injury he sufferd

  • roscoe

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #21

    kamil zayette just signed for Hull on a season long loan….

  • Waddle's mullet

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #22

    sorry lads joaquin in staying at valencia

  • Cloudstrife

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Owen is our best player. if our best player cant get an international call up, it would ordinarily be a worry. but this is England we’re talkin about. anythin goes with the delusions of grandeur and the joke that the team unfortunately has become.

  • Cloudstrife

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #24

    as for transfers, we only got one day left. if we dont get some quality in, we’re bogged for the season. unless luck of luck, we dont pick up injuries, it’ll be a tough season. i’m an optimist, so i know we’ll get some good players in.

  • liquid ice

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #25
  • Ross

    Aug 31, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #26

    so pleased to see bullard in the england squad.
    that guy deserves a go, its players like him that england need.
    players that will play for the team, for the shirt.
    just wish we could have him here!

  • thevoiceofreason

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #27

    This is the usual FA bulls..t lowering Owens price before the transfer window shuts and putting up the price of someone I have thought for a while was coming to NUFC…same FA but I will let you decide what the letters stand for!

  • Pete

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Simple……..we aren’t getting quality players in. Too late. A few iffy mediocre players at best.

  • thevoiceofreason

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #29

    zayette to HULL!!!!! what is going on?

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Owen’s England career is over

  • Craignufc

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #31

    how is rooney in the squad??? he hasn’t done anything particualry good this season. Owen has at least scored some goals this season! what a joke!!!

  • Bobby Ollox

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #32

    610.7 m – class

  • craig

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #33

    good news for us best england striker there is at the moment

  • Mac

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #34

    740.0m The moles that’s where the distance is

  • Paul

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #35

    capello is a useless iti c*ck n england wont get anywer…need owen to replace that usless t*sser defoe, harper in for james and taylor in for terry…then england might get somewer….would be better off without lampard…maybe give ambrose or milner a chance lyk

  • shaz

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #36

    capello will come crawling to owen to save his job.they all do in the end.owen is the only england player who handles the pressure of playing for england.capello is an idiot.clear;y letting personal issue get in the way of what is best for england.

  • D.C.

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #37

    His England career is over or his Newcastle career is over, one of the two. My money’s sadly on the latter, as Owen’s always been a country-before-club guy.

  • Paul

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #38

    what isit all england managers since keegan seem to have against nufc players…harpers by far the best english keeper, even tho he doesnt play, taylor should at least be in the squad…milner..ambrose…dyer…in the past theyve all bin excluded from selection…jenas…when at newcastle..not a hes at totenham well..he must be in the squad f/ckin joke
    not 1 newcastle player…yet they include the lieks of james, heskey…lampard who is a proven england flop..beckham..who is not up to it anymore…its a joke

  • Mac

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #39

    996.9 m ise the moles

  • Whitt

    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #40

    wow. i wouldn’t think any of the spuds is “on form”. Wayne Bridge hasn’t gotten a game for chelsea, but is included. is walcott in the side as a striker???

    but owen w/ 2 game winners inside of a week is not on good enough form. what a joke.

    Taylor has been DREADFUL and doesn’t deserve a sniff at international duty. he should be 3rd choice for us.


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