Michael Owen has talked sensibly today about his exclusion from the England Squad for the World Cup qualifier tonight against the Ukraine at Wembley.
Michael Owen – hey – Shearer is the new manager!
Michael talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning, before the tremendous Alan Shearer news broke the news desks wide open – Michael said:
“When I’m not in a squad it’s big news,” “But if you look at how many squads I’ve been left out of, I think it’s only three or four when I’ve been playing for Newcastle and they have come when I’ve only just returned from an injury and I haven’t been completely fit.”
“With me, if I get an injury, it’s on the back page and it’s brought to everyone’s attention. I think that’s part of the reason people think I’m injury prone because it gets highlighted. It’s the same with England.”
“One or two games for your club before an international isn’t enough and that is what the manager has said. But people don’t want to write that, they want to turn it into ‘Owen snubbed again.’ We’ll let them have their fun and we’ll see if I can get back into the squad.”
Michael is so accurate in the way the news is reported in the gossip press, and most readers know we don’t think too much of it.
Owen is right to be philosophical about being left out of the England squad, but he is also hurt by it at the same time, because Michael is very proud to represent his country.
Owen has a wonderful record for England since breaking onto the squad in early 1998, having scored 40 times in 89 appearances for his country.
But Owen also has a job to do for Newcastle United, in our attempts to stay in the Premier League, with Alan Shearer coming in to attempt to rescue the club.
“I don’t ever feel as though the door has been shut on me,” “You’d have to ask the manager though. It is a concern of mine because I love playing for my country, but it doesn’t keep me up at night.”
“I know for a fact, if I do well for Newcastle, playing well and scoring goals, then, without sounding too big headed, I know I’m one of the best strikers in the country. People can write good or bad things, but if I’m playing well my international career should take care of itself.”
Michael is a very rich young man, and loves horse racing, but his fortune has done little to quell his commitment to football.
“That drives me on to keep performing. If I wasn’t bothered when I haven’t been picked, or when someone had criticized me, then I would have to question myself. If that was happening when I looked in the mirror I’d have to wonder why I was playing football anymore.”
“It does wind me up in a way, but only because I force myself because then I know that still means I’m fiercely competitive, which is something I’ve always been and will continue to be.”
We suspect Michael will be over the moon to hear this morning that his friend and former team-mate Alan Shearer, is to become the Newcastle manager, at least through the end of the season.
We suspect Michael may be a new player on Saturday – but we’ll need to wait and see on that one – but we still need something out of the Chelsea game, to fire the lads up to start winning future games.
A win on Saturday would also be just fabulous, it’s as simple as that.