Joe Kinnear thinks that Michael Owen being left out of the England squad will help Newcastle United.
Michael Owen – will be disappointed at being left out
It was certainly a surprise that Owen was not included this time around, when you consider Jermain Defoe and Emile Heskey were two of the strikers picked by Fabio Capello for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Kinnear talked today to the Evening Chronicle about Michael:
“Michael is a very proud lad and he loves playing for his country, and he will obviously be disappointed at being left out.” “But he is a terrific professional, and I know that there will be no need for me or many of my coaching staff to have to lift his morale up.”
“He is an experienced professional and he would not let any disappointment with England affect anything that he has to do with Newcastle United.” “Yes, I was surprised to hear Michael was not in the England squad.”
“If you look at his goals record, it is probably better than some of those who are in the squad, and in this aspect he is light years ahead of them.” “Even if he had been on the bench for England in their World Cup games he would have been a huge asset because he can assess the situation very well.”
“In fact, I would go as far as to stake my life on Michael Owen, and I have to say that England’s loss will be our gain.” “I only hope England do not lose any of these two games and people turn round and say leaving Michael Owen out was not the best thing to do.”
It’s a bit of a blow for Michael, but he’s a big boy and will get over this, and he’ll know what he has to do is keep playing his football and scoring those goals, and an England recall is highly likely.
It’s positive for Newcastle because Owen will now be trying so hard to play well and score goals – for Newcastle – because that will determine when he will get a recall.
That can’t be bad.