Fabio Capello has talked again about Michael Owen and David Beckham, two former England stalwarts, who are now finding it difficult to get into the England side, under the new Italian manager.
Michael Owen – England career not over
Fabio has has called both of them wonderful professionals who can still play a role for England in the future.
Fabio, who has guided England to 4 wins in their first 4 qualifying games for the 2010 World Cup told the world governing body FIFA’s official magazine:
“I only ever call up the best players, or at least the players who are the most suited to the way I wish to play,”
“Both Beckham, who I worked with for a year at Real Madrid, and Owen are wonderful professionals who could still play vital roles for England.”
“I will never close the door to the national team on anyone, but you also have to remember that in modern football, only players who are in peak physical condition can make the most of their technical abilities.”
Michael however will need to return to peak fitness before he returns to the England fold, and we’d be surprised if he makes the England squad for next week’s friendly game against Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Michael hasn’t started for Newcastle for several weeks, because of a groin strain he picked up in training, and is hardly match fit, even if he is now physically fit.
But there again, maybe a hat-trick against Wigan on Saturday will do the trick.
We hope so. 😀