Michael Owen Again Omitted From England Squad

As expected Michale Owen didn’t make the England squad to play germany in Berlin on Wednesday night, because he is still not fully fir for his club side Newcastle United.

Michael Owen – still not match fit

However, striker Darren Bent is included and will be handed the chance to stake a 2010 World Cup claim against Germany.

The England manager is impressed with Bent’s scorching goalscoring form during Tottenham’s revival under Harry Redknapp – and it appears certain that Darren will win his fourth cap in Berlin on Wednesday.

However, David Beckham is not included in the squad, with the MLS season coming to an end for his team LA Galaxy in the US.

Capello had initially indicated that the LA Galaxy star would win his 108th cap against the Germans, but changed his mind after The LA Galaxy failed to make the play-offs in America.

Capello said:

“If you play, you have a chance to be in – but David Beckham has not played for three weeks or so.”

Darren Bent was obviously delighted to be back in the squad and said last night:

“England have been doing fantastically well and I’m delighted to be included.”

Aston Villa’s center-back Curtis Davies and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, who both had great games at Arsenal yesterday, when Villa won 2-0, are in the squad, along with Chelsea’s young up-and-coming center-back Michael Mancienne, who is now on loan at Wolves, who are top of the Championship.

Manchester United’s Geordie midfielder Michael Carrick gets another call-up and Manchester City defender Micah Richards is also back iun the fray, joined by Man City’s 20 year-old and very impressive goalkeeper, Joe Hart.


Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Carson (WBA).

Defenders: Joleon Lescott (Everton), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Curtis Davies (Villa), Michael Mancienne (Wolves, on loan from Chelsea), Micah Richards (Man City).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Villa), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), Ashley Young (Villa), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Villa), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Darren Bent (Tottenham).

9 comments so far

  • Pg

    Nov 16, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    I think fab does not like micky, wait until the press get on his back

  • Xsico golden boot

    Nov 16, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    MO been out injured so he can have no comlaints

  • Spyro

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Good news for us eh.
    MO showed his class yesterday, he managed to aget himself in a great striking position 3 or 4 times in the space of 25 mins and scored one. If he was a bit sharper he would have put away AT LEAST another one. However, he has no loyalty to this club and is too one dimensional. We need to relace him in January.

  • UTD111

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree its good news for us – if we can persuade Ashley puppet Kinnear to pick him, like!!
    Don’t agree with releasing him tho Spyro…I’m sure any of the clubs we are competing with to stay up would break the bank to sign a striker of Owen’s proven class and ability.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    He can go in this window..one long pantomime is Mr Owen.
    No top 4 side will pay his wages so he will go to
    either man city or everton.

    Get Ranger bedded in and get some championship players that are fit and crave prem football.

  • bruTOOOON

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont mind if we lose michael owen….

    we got martins, maybe zoggy or jonas can play the free role behind ameobi. plus we got nile ranger on the reserves…

    I really hope he move, a good player like him deserve to win somthing.


    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Not 1 NUFC player, that says it all about the state of the club right now

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 16, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Marty-it only ever is one anyway! if owen isnt in there, we’ve got none!

  • clinta

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Good! england have hardly missed him, not that i really care, and his only been in and out of the nufc squad recently so I’m not real sure what people were expecting to be honest?!

    i doubt owen was thinking he was a shoe in for the squad, but i guess we must sell papers and fill blog pages with something huh?


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