As he had almost predicted yesterday, England manager Fabio Capello has again left England striker Michael Owen out of his squad for the World Cup qualifying games coming up.
Michael Owen – doesn’t make England squad again
And Joe Cole is another surprising omission from the squad for the games against Kazakhstan and Belarus.
But it appears Joe was left out of the squad on injury grounds, after coming off against Aston Villa, in today’s 2-0 Chelsea win. It looks like Fabio will take no chances with players only on the periphery of being fully fit. It appears that Capello prefers Heskey (Wigan), Crouch (Portsmouth), Rooney (Manchester United) and Defoe (Portsmouth) to Owen.
Owen has scored five goals in his last eight appearances for the Newcastle side this season, but there’s no doubt the Tyneside club are struggling. But Fabio warned that scoring goals is not enough, and it looks like Capello wants only complete team players in his squad.
Peter Crouch returns to the squad, as does Steven Gerrard, with Jimmy Bullard dropping out, but this will be a blow for Michael Owen’s England ambitions, and he may think he needs to move from Newcastle to reclaim his place in the England line-up.
We hope not.
James (Portsmouth), Green (West Ham), Carson (West Brom); Brown (Manchester United), Johnson (Portsmouth), Terry (Chelsea), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Lescott (Everton), Upson (West Ham), A Cole (Chelsea), Bridge (Chelsea); Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Walcott (Arsenal), Barry (Aston Villa), Jenas (Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool), Downing (Middlesbrough), Wright-Phillips (Manchester City); Heskey (Wigan), Crouch (Portsmouth), Rooney (Manchester United), Defoe (Portsmouth).