Owen Must Get Fit For Newcastle Before Any England Recall

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. 😀

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Kash

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1


  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Not really interested in Owen & whether he plays for England or not at the minute.

    At least he is here & I hope they are working on the training ground at getting the best out of him – i.e. getting the midfielders & the forwards working together to work out a way of delivering the right ball to the right place at the right time & getting the forwards to make the runs into the right places.

    From what I’ve seen at the matches though, I’m more inclined to believe the training is just a warm up, followed by a kick about, then a warm down. – then off home again.

  • Mag 48

    Mar 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    If he wants to play for England he needs to turn it on for Newcastle.

  • coyote

    Mar 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    at last an england manger doing us a favour!!!!!!
    Owen is an asset to any team when fully fit which he is clearly not at the moment, hopefully by leaving him out it will motivate Owen to make his mark when given the chance for us.
    If he had taken him in the squad you could have put money on him coming back injured AGAIN from an international and in our current plight we can ill afford that

  • stevt_0_3

    Mar 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    If Owen had played on Saturday it would have been beneficial to Newcastle as he is no good until he has had 2 or 3 games to get back to match sharpness. If Capello thinks he’s not sharp enough to feature in a friendly then he certainly isn’t ready to play in any of our up and coming premiership games!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7

    ‘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.’

    What utter twaddle. He says he does, but he doesn’t!

    As for Owen, he isn’t good enough for a national team. He is well past it and Capello has already hinted a why he doesn’t get picked, because as well as his injuries, he adds nothing to the team except poaching goals.

    Owen is a injury prone and also fairly poor player.

    Cant wai until he leaves.

  • JoeColl87

    Mar 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Interesting artcle from Tony Cascarino in the Times today regarding the future of Mr Owen. (I’m not stating he’s some sort of football guru with all the answers).


    Seems to be of the opinion that Owen is gone from the club come June.

  • JJJ

    Mar 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Agreed Tom Toon

    The reason why Owen doesnt make the England squad is because he is no longer good enough.
    In his youth he was a player with tremendous pace that could finish well.
    Today he is terribly slow and he no longer gets behind the defence often enough for his finishing to be a factor.
    He keeps comparing himself the Shearer by saying when Shearer lost his pace he adapted his game.
    However, Shearer has power and heading ability as well as the ability to hold the ball up and play as a target man.
    He was also a leader and great captain.
    Owen just had pace, and non of the rest so he is finished as a national player.
    There are a number of players who would be selected ahead of him.
    Defoe, Crouch, Agbonglahor, Heskey, Rooney, Ashton, Young, Johnson all over the team more and are far better players than Owen.
    The English press keep bringing up Owens history, but that is the problem – OWEN IS HISTORY.
    And we are the MORONS paying him over 100 000k a week to be ineffective in 80% of our games.
    The purchase of Owen was the catalist to the downfall of this club.
    If that 17M pounds had been spend on three strong squad players we would have been far better off.
    I hope he doesnt sign a new contract and I hope he pisses off as soon as possible.
    Our side plays 50% worse with him in it, despite him getting the odd goal – like TT says, he offers nothing. A complete waste of space.
    I’d put him on a par with Ameobi.

  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #10

    100% agree with JJJ – Owen needs to go in the summer. Save us a fortune on wages and allow a new and hungry striker to take his place.

  • Ericles

    Mar 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    That is it Tom-Toon and JJJ. In a nutshell. Capello must have been listening to the fans as well as watching Owen when he has come to NUFC. Does that mean he can understand Geordie? I am not implying, by the way, that Capello has seen Owen all that often recently.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 30, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d be happy to see the back of Owen, he’s just here to pick up money.

    I’d do the same as Cabbagehead and pick Darren Bent if I was the manager of England. Far better striker, and fit, which Owen is very rarely.

  • workyticket

    Mar 30, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Fitness is a big issue with Capello, but it’s not just that. He is not going to change his whole team plan to cater for a one trick striker like Owen, great though he has been in the past. He wants more well rounded players who can make their own chances, like Rooney. Players like Shearer and Beardsley would have been more up his street too.


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