Door Is Still Open For Owen!

Last updated : 13 October 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Capello snubbed the Newcastle striker for Saturday's 5-1 win over Kazakhstan and next week's World Cup qualifier with Belarus.

Instead, Capello has put his faith in Jermain Defoe, who has scored seven times for Portsmouth this season, and Peter Crouch as back-up forwards.

The Italian is adamant he has not abandoned Owen, using Crouch as an example of his willingness to recall key men.

Capello: "I have seen a lot of games and decided on Crouch and Defoe.

"Don't forget, Defoe is the best scorer in England right now.

"But Crouch was not in the last two squads, and neither was Shaun Wright-Phillips.

"It shows the door is open always. Michael Owen is a good player, and it is possible he will be back the next time."