Glenn Hoddle thinks that England coach Fabio Capello is making a big mistake by leaving Michael Owen out of his squad.
Michael Owen’s international future could be in jeopardy after being ignored by Capello for the start of England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, and it seems that for whatever reason, Capello doesn’t seem to rate Owen.
But Michael is still the fourth highest scorer in England’s history with 40 goals from 89 games, but it may be he will not be able to add to that number. When you consider Capello has opted for Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe, then Michael should easily have made on of those four spots, surely.
Of course it was Hoddle, when under great pressure to do so, who gave Owen his international debut when he was coach 10 years ago, and finally played Michael in the World Cup games, when he was outstanding in the quarter final against Argentina and scored that memorable goal.
Hoddle said today:
“He may not be as sharp as he was, but he was very, very sharp when he was younger and he still knows how to put the ball in the net.”
“The opposition wouldn’t want to see Michael coming on because he can give them different problems than Heskey, Rooney or Crouch. I’m very surprised he is not even in the squad.”
But don’t rule Michael out, because he’s a great professional, and will get his head down, and realize that good displays for his club, Newcastle United, where of course he is taking a leadership role as captain, will surely get him back in the team.
And as Joe Kinnear has rightly said – Newcastle United will be the beneficiary of Michal being left out of the England squad.
Go for it Michael.