Michael Owen has been in the headlines this week, because even though England have had injuries to 3 strikers in their squad, Michael has still not been called up by England supremo Fabio Capello.
Michael Owen – being working hard in training at Newcastle
While Michael has effectively been written off in some quarters for the England team, we believe he just has to get fully fit and Capello will pick him again, but when was Michael last fully match fit?
Chris Hughton believes Owen will just ignore all the criticism and news currently surrounding him, and continue to focus on helping Newcastle’s fight against the drop. That’s one of Michael’s strong points, mental toughness.
Chris talked about Michael today in the Newcastle Journal:
“On a strictly selfish point of view, it’s been good to have Michael here. What he has been able to do is to put in hard sessions during the period he’s been here,” “It’s always more difficult during international weeks because you have less players to work with.”
“We’ve still got a decent group here, though.”“From a personal point of view, it’s great to have him here. I think Michael is focused on the job in hand and will ignore what’s said or written.”
“What Michael has had in amongst that, he’s just back from a six-week injury period.” “The most important thing is he is fully recovered from that injury and he gets back to the Michael we know.”
“Michael will just concentrate on doing the best that he can. It’s the tough end of the season now and it’s about what part he can play in the last eight games.”
That’s exactly what Michael needs to do and say if he can play the full game against Chelsea and score aq couple of goals, that will get Capello’s attention, and we still think the Italian will pick Michael when he’s fully fit again.
And even if Capello doesn’t pick Michael, it’s likely that Capello will leave the England job after the World Cup next year, and the new England manager may be more inclined to want to play Michael. So Michael could still have some years left for England – if he can get fit, keep playing and score those goals,
It’s a great time to start in the these last 8 games of the season, but Newcastle have to play him too, because he cannot score goals if he’s sitting on the bench.
But it’s almost set up for Michael to now start scoring some really vital goals for Newcastle, and earn his huge wages, and keep Newcastle in the Premier league.
If Michael can do that, we’ll all be happy.