Joe Kinnear believes that Michael Owen will soon return to the England set-up.
Joe Kinnear – Michael Owen a model professional
England, who are ranked 14th by FIFA, won their game fairly easily in the end, against 131st ranked Kazakhstan yesterday, but they made it really hard for themselves.
It didn’t help that the Wembley crowd once again booed the team, and particularly Ashley Cole, who made a gigantic blunder in gifting Kazakhstan their goal, and bringing them back into the game at 2-1.
There was of course no Michael Owen on display, since the Newcastle United striker had been left out of the England squad, never mind the team, by manager Fabio Capello.
Michael is nothing if not a good professional and Joe Kinnear seems to have no doubts that he’ll soon be back in the England fold. Joe told The Daily Express:
“Michael Owen will play for England again, I’m sure about that,” “He’s the fourth best goalscorer in England. I don’t just mean now, I mean ever.”
“The England manager just wants to try a few new things, but Michael will be in his thoughts, I’m confident. He is impossible to ignore because he will always score goals, it’s as simple as that.”
“Michael will just get on with it and he will continue to focus on his Newcastle career, because he is that type of person. He’s been into training this week and he has been fine.”
“He is a model professional and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him already.”
Michael could well be the best player Joe has ever coached, and one he can think fondly of, once his management days are over.
But that’s some time off, because Joe is extremely anxious to get back into football management full time, and he sees his time at Newcastle as a great opportunity to show what he can do.
We hope he does very well – of course. 😀