Fabio Capello has come out today and said the England door is open for every player, and that includes Newcastle’s Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – needs to get fully fit and playing regularly for Newcastle
Fabio Capello has had a terrific first year as England coach, culminating in the 2-1 victory over Germany in Berlin on Wednesday evening, where the team showed guts and class.
Not even a giveaway goal by England in the second half, could daunt the spirits of the team, who came back through captain John Terry, to score a well deserved victory with the winning goal after 84 minutes.
Fabio said today:
“The door is open for every player,” “At this moment I am selecting the players who are in the best physical condition.”
“To play at international level you have to be 100 per cent. It is impossible to play at 60 per cent.” “Owen did not come because in the last two games he played 20 minutes and 50 minutes.”
“If he was OK, he would play all the game but he is not OK for the manager of Newcastle.”
Fabio is right, and Michael has never been fully fit for a while now. He got the mumps in the summer, which took him some time to get over, and then after he had returned, he then suffered his groin strain in practice and is only now coming back fully from that.
So Michael needs to get fully fit and start playing regularly for Newcastle first and foremost, and then we’ll get a better idea of whether Capello will use him in future England squads.
But certainly the youngsters Fabio has brought in, such as Gabby Agbonlahor on Wednesday, have all done well in Michael’s absence.
England have to be in with a decent chance of doing very well in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.