Michael Owen: "I am not slower now than I was seven, eight years ago. No chance.
"With the hamstring problems early in my career, they knocked a yard off my pace straightaway, but since then I have been the same player and if anything I have improved.
"Game awareness is a good word for it. A lot of it is so instinctive it's hard to put down. It is your experience taking you into areas. You think, 'Would I have moved there as a kid, would I have anticipated that?'
"People think I'm past my thirties, I'm in my forties, the way they talk about me. I'm only 29. I'm not past it.
"It's not an easy squad to get into with the results the team are getting at the minute. But I'm as passionate as ever about extending my time with England."