England manager Fabio Capello had some strikers get injured in England’s easy 4-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday, but still no call-up for Newcastle Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – not physically fit or match fit – yet
Carlton Cole was ruled out on Saturday with a thigh injury, and Capello has already drafted in Darren Bent of Spurs, to replace him for the game against the Ukrane this Wednesday night.
And news this morning that Emile Heskey is injured yet again, this time with a hamstring injury, and it is likely that Capello will need to call up yet another forward for the Wednesday World Cup qualifier at Wembley. But it will not be Owen, whom he has already ruled out.
We think Capello doesn’t choose Owen because he’s hardly been fit at Newcastle, and he’s only just returned to the Newcastle side after being injured since late January. And even when he is fit and called up, like he was last summer, he gets injured, and still doesn’t play.
So we think what Michael needs is a long run in the Newcastle side, and score some goals, and then it’s likely he will be selected again for England.
Until he does get fit, Fabio Capello will not play him because he insists on players being fit and playing well in their club sides – what a concept.
Ever since Capello replaced the hapless Steve McClaren, at England, he has done something hardly every seen by an England manager, he has picked players based on current form for their clubs.
Steve would pick Michael Owen and play him whenever he was available, but then again Steve was hardly successful as England manager, and that’s putting it mildly, in fact he was hopeless.
However it looks like Steve is rebuilding his managerial career at FC Twente this season in Holland, and that’s good to see. FC Twente are currently second in the Dutch Eredivise, 9 points behind to FC Alkmaar.
And we think Fabio is doing just fine, and picking players based on their form seems to be having a positive impact on England, who are now more than a decent side, and must have some chance in South Africa next summer.
Fabio said over the weekend:
I have to choose players to play against the Ukraine, not against history,”
“If Michael Owen will play in the future, three or four games, he will be with us. But you have to choose the players who have played a lot of games.
“It is impossible to choose one player that played only 20 minutes. Why didn’t he player longer in the last game? Because he was dropped.”
“So I have to choose the players in good form. I choose the best players who are in a very fantastic moment.”
Let’s hope England can take the Ukraine apart on Wednesday night. For any Newcastle fans in the Ukraine – sorry about that. 😀