Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Owen’s goal is still not enough to win England recall

Michael Owen will miss out again on a recall to the England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia next month barring injury to either Wayne Rooney or Jermain Defoe.

Owen's first goal for Manchester United against Wigan on Saturday has not convinced Fabio Capello that he is worth a recall.

The England manager will be at Old Trafford on Saturday to watch United against Arsenal, but has already made up his mind that Owen is competing with Rooney and Defoe for two places in the squad.

With Capello due to announce his squad this weekend it seems even a matchwinning performance by Owen on Saturday would not be enough to earn him his first cap in 17 months.

Capello is understood to be unconvinced that Owen has turned a corner simply on the basis of a 20 minute cameo on Saturday in which he scored the four goal in a 5-0 win over Wigan.

The England manager expects to be without Rio Ferdinand and Theo Walcott for the games. In place of the injured United defender, Capello is expected to pick the uncapped Gary Cahill and Aaron Lennon.

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