Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Owen looks to impress as Capello attends Manchester United friendly

Michael Owen will get the chance to impress England coach Fabio Capello at Old Trafford tonight.

Capello has not selected Owen since the friendly against Trinidad and Tobago 14 months ago, ruling the striker out on fitness grounds throughout last season even though England's fourth highest goalscorer was fit on occasion during a tortuous season with Newcastle.

However, the 29-year-old's surprise move to Manchester United has put him back in the reckoning again and while there are plenty of other Three Lions regulars likely to be involved in the Red Devils friendly with Valencia, Owen is bound to merit a mention as Capello heads north along with trusted assistant Franco Baldini.

The same is also true of Ben Foster, who is in line to profit from a broken finger and bone in Edwin van der Sar's left hand that will rule him out until the end of September.

Capello is due to name his squad on Saturday evening for next week's friendly against Holland.

The Dutch have already qualified for next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, while victory over Croatia at Wembley next month would also be enough to seal England's place among the last 32.