Staying At Newcastle Will Help Owen’s England Career


Joe Kinnear thinks that if Michael Owen stays at Newcastle United, he will soon be back in the England side, because Joe thinks England manager Fabio Capello has only watched Owen when he has been returning from injury, and was never at his best.

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Joe with Michael – a good pair for Newcastle

Kinnear thinks signing long term for Newcastle can help Owen earn an international recall for England:

“If he does stay, it can help him get back into the England team,” “He is looking sharp, scoring goals. It will not be long before he is in the England side. Fabio (Capello) has said he will come and have a look at him.”

“The problem has been that when they have had a look, he has not been at his best, always coming back after being injured and he has had disappointing matches.”

“I do not think in my time I have seen England selectors up here. They have not seen him at a home game. If they did, he would have every chance of being picked because he has got fitter, better and stronger.”

Joe is nothing if not very straight and truthful.

Michael Owen is not past his best, and although he may have slowed down a little (maybe), he’s still a terrific player, and  still one of the most natural goal-scorers England has ever produced in their long history.

And Fabio Capello is no fool, and a top class manager, and as long as Michael gets fully fit again – both physically and match fit – he’ll be in the England squad again – no doubt about it.

A good run in the Newcastle side in the new year will prove that Michael is still one of England’s top players, without a shadow of doubt. And since we expect him to stay at Newcastle, that’s got to be good news for Newcastle fans.

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6 comments so far

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, just realised……no one knows what you look like!!! Not got an old work mug shot or something you could put up with your biog??

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  • chuck

    Dec 19, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    How about an old photo in the black and white from the “N” days, could put it on the masthead, good craic !

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  • Wallsend Will

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Playing for Newcastle did not harm Alan Shearer’s England Career. Why should it harm an established goal scorer like Michael Owen. If Michael stays fit and becomes an ever present at Newcastle he’ll become a truly great player. Come on Michael sign that contract now before Christmas!

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  • tino97

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Capello did admit that he hadn’t watched Owen performance against Portsmouth. I don’t think he will ever start for England again, but if you need a goal in an important game. Who would you want to bring on Crouch, Defoe, Heskey or Owen? Surely it would be Owen.

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  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Owen and Heskey is cleartly englands best partnership due to their understanding but Capello must accomodate the “amazing” wanye rooney.

    Anybody actually noticed how many tims he gives the ball away in a game? Although the occasional flash of brilliance once a month and he is suddenly amazing all over again.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #6

    i couldnt give a shit about the england team and thats the truth. tghey have been a bunch of underperforming mega rich tossers for years. i just want owen to sign for us and keep doing what he does so well, thats banging them in the net. england…. whatever.

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