Michael Owen Unlikely To Make England Squad

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. 😀

18 comments so far

  • Mark-o

    Nov 13, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Should be in the squad at least, cant rule him out, he’s always gonna create chances and playing with some real quality around him he’s bound to have some created for him!

    If this is the first post i’ll be chuffed to bits coz ive never had one before!!!!!


  • Mark D

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    It is not his fitness levels, he does not contribute enough in all round play for cappello.


    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Every team in the world would be happy to have owen inside, so must capello be – even if it is now not the time to include him becouse of his injury.

    he will again be included in the future to delvier – as he simply is a born predator.

  • 51times

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Englands loss, our gain.

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree with mark d.
    Elfer- maybe 5 or 6 years ago that would be true but his best days are behind him and i doubt any of the big 4 will be interested in january. I am not pleased he is joining spurs. i dont think he is good enough.

  • NUFutureCowboy

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    not good enough for spurs! f%ck off you gimp. ive said it before AO. take your face for a shit mate.

  • 51times

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    AO my friend, how are you? Still coveting wealth you hook nosed Yid?

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    cheers for that cowboy. If owen isnt scoring he adds nothing to the team. He is overpayed for what he brings to newcastle. I would prefer defoe over owen any day. Owens best days are long gone.

  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe so, but aren’t Villa reported to pay whatever it takes to get him?

    That being the case for an unfit striker, I wonder if our esteemed directors have thought about the cost of a fit and effective replacement for him were he to leave us?

    At the moment, the Club’s staring into an abyss and I honestly trust that the powers that be cast an eye to the present and short term future – rather than stare wide-eyed at the longer-term crystal ball of youth!!

  • Tom1664 (XiscoIsAPirate)

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    If owen isnt scoring he adds nothing to the team.

    Mate, have you SEEN his record for this year?

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    51times- Fine pal. Are you still making racist attacks based on who i support? I suppose all livelpool fans nick hubcaps, nigerian fans eat bananas and dutch fans weat clogs.silly boy!

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Ao dont get all sensitive. Your like a chick wearing a low cut top asking why were looking at her tits. You come in here to annoy and offend Newcastle supporters with your snide, weak little comments and then get upset when someone loses their temper or talks to you with the level of respect you deserve ie none what so ever. Why not just go back to caughtoffside and leave those who wish to support newcastle do so in peace.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Who gives a stuff about spurs..get over it you irritating cockney tw@t.

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    ausgeordie- haha. i am hardly getting upset. it just amuses me how he comes out with his racial stereotypes. Now run off and play with a boomerang.. did you see what i did there.

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    sirjasontoon- we can always count on you to come up with something constructive to say. sigh

  • AO

    Nov 13, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Here is a message for the whining, whingeing, self-pitying, self-indulgent and deluded fans on Tyneside, otherwise known as the Toon Army: Kevin Keegan is not the Messiah; Alan Shearer is not an aspect of the trinity; Mike Ashley is not the Devil; Tony Jimenez is not on the secret payroll of Sunderland; and Dennis Wise is not an evil dwarf.

    Newcastle United are not a “massive” club and do not have a divine right to remain in the Premier League; St James’ Park is not the world’s greatest stadium; and, in case you were wondering, your team will not break into the top four any time soon, with or without Ashley, Keegan, Wise or any of the other men who are heroes, villains and sometimes both in the febrile imaginations of the world’s most whimsical supporters.

    Oh, and you are not the most loyal, valiant and wonderfully dependable fans on the planet. Check out the attendances when Newcastle were languishing in the second division at the start of the 1990s and you will get the measure of the myth that has clung to the black-and-white-shirted men and women for far too long. That’s right, they were often much fewer than 20,000 and with the Gallowgate end partially deserted. Is that what you call loyalty?

    The banners castigating Ashley for being a southerner during Saturday’s comically self-important protest were the final straw for many of us who have long endured the tedious soap opera on Tyneside. That and the ill-informed, conspiracy-laden and melodramatic messages posted on the dozens of message boards that these fans seem to spend their lives reading.

    Wise likes a challenge but this is lost cause
    Where is the gallows humour, the sense of irony, the satirical edge? Where is the old-fashioned self-mockery that characterises most other groups of English football fans when their team are having a bad time of it?

    The only way that Newcastle fans are ever going to be truly happy is when they have formed a collective to buy the club and have made a pig’s ear, as they inevitably would, of a kind that would make Freddy Shepherd’s last remaining strands stand on end. When they have rehired Keegan to manage the team, Shearer to be his assistant and the ghost of Jackie Milburn to do the scouting. When they have got control of the club and discovered that their own volatility makes it practically ungovernable.

    Sure, passion and commitment are great things and we all know that in a big city with only one football club, there is bound to be a siege mentality and more than a little self-absorption. But many Newcastle fans have turned navel-gazing into an art form. They need to get out more and discover that their beloved club, who have not won a trophy for decades, are virtually unknown beyond these shores. They need a little perspective, not least in terms that passion does not equate to knowledge, nor does enthusiasm equate to expertise on how to run a football club.

    This is a group of fans who agitated for the sacking of Sam Allardyce after only six months because the football was not pretty enough, even though he had put in place a much-needed science support structure and cleared out the dead wood from the Shepherd era. These are fans who want nothing to do with Ashley because he is from “down South” and because he insisted on a continental scouting system to support a manger who, by his own admission, had not attended a live match for three years and so was the last person who could have done the scouting job.

    Sure, mistakes were made by Ashley, not least in the appointment of Keegan – something that was bound to end in tears – and in spheres of responsibility not being properly spelt out to the main protagonists. But let’s get real. The fundamental problem with Newcastle is no longer the corporate management, but those who used to be described as the club’s greatest assets: the fans – or at least those who are making all the noise at present.

  • bruTOOON

    Nov 13, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    do u guys look at owen miss last match? thats why he is not in the end squad


    Nov 13, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #18



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