Michael Owen Will Get His Head Down At Newcastle

Glenn Hoddle thinks that England coach Fabio Capello is making a big mistake by leaving Michael Owen out of his squad.

Glenn Hoddle – big mistake to leave Owen out

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Tozvaldo

    Oct 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    and sign a new contract

  • Pit Yaka

    Oct 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Does anyone really care!!! I am more interested in NUFC than his England career!!!!

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Oct 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Unfortunately I don’t think he will be here next season. What decent player would want to play for us under the current circumstances. I am really worried about the Toon’s future

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    ed you do a brilliant job with this site though you should give people a chance to comment on 1thread before you post another but like i said ed you do a brilliant job and no other club has a better blog than the one you have created for us

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #5

    i actually think he will stay(fingers crossed) harper said a few weeks ago no one is wanting to leave also he has gave a few interviews and he realy looks to have emerced his self in to the club

  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    He aint going to stay. He will take higher wages because the club wont have to buy him off us. Hes hoping for liverpool I’d say

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Ive said this before and think that MO has played his last game for england under Capello.

    Capello has gone for a young strike force.

  • selly no skill

    Oct 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    best small striker in the world.better than raul.just needs the right partner.if shearer was still around rooney would be on the bench alongside beanpole.

  • Obaf3m1

    Oct 10, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Michael Owen is useless as our captain I think. I haven’t seen him being vocal at all on the football pitch in the matches I’ve watched. What kind of Captain doesn’t get the whole team communicating on the pitch?

    Good player but I think Capello realizes why Benitez got rid Owen when he was at Liverpool. Doesn’t do enough. Great finisher but does nowt else. I’d like him a lot more if he just put pressure on the opp defenders or was barking orders but he doesn’t.

  • Brutooooon

    Oct 10, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #10

    he score despite playing with a poor team like us. he score when we are losing. we score when the rest of the team didn’t support him that much….

    Let him play for england where the support of assists is the best….


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