Fabio Capello has been kept informed as to Michael Owen’s progress this season, and the England manager has refused to rule out the possibility of Owen returning to the England squad in the near future.
James Milner – will get chance for England
It seems that Capello will only pick players for the squad who are 100% fit, and playing well for their club sides, and he has already said that Michael has not been fully fit when the last three England squads were selected.
Capello said today:
“I know he has been playing very well and scoring goals,” “I have always said that the door to the national team is open for every player. I will check on him and then I will decide if it is okay for him to play.”
“I have to decide what to do with the team and what he can give to the side. The most important thing will be that he is fit. The last three times he has not been fit.”
And Capello has talked for the first time about 22 year-old James Milner, who should never have been allowed to leave the Tyneside club.
Milner has a total pf 40 caps for the England under-21 side – a record – and he’s scored 8 goals for them.
Capello also seems to like Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor at Villa, and the England manager admits he has been very impressed with the England youngsters Martin O’Neill has assembled at Villa Park.
“I am very happy with the players at Aston Villa,”
“They are young, interesting players. I always follow their performances.”
“Another player I like is Milner, he is young. The future looks good.”
Capello is turning out to be an excellent manager for England, and if we keep playing like we’ve started the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, we must have as good a chance of any country of actually winning it in South Africa.