Should Owen's Reputation Earn Him An England Place?

Last updated : 07 October 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
On the other hand, former Liverpool manager Roy Evans believes Michael Owen's reputation should get him into the England squad.

The Toon striker has been left out of the squad to face Kazakhstan and Belarus in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, and Capello didn't even go to Goodison Park on Sunday (as many expected) to cast an eye on the player.

Instead, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Emile Heskey will take on forward duties along with Peter Crouch, who has been recalled to the squad.

Evans: "The last few years have been a bit of struggle with injuries but he has come back and he looks in great shape.

"He looks a lot stronger than he was before, he is not maybe as quick as he once was.

"But he still looks a good player to me - I wish he was playing for Wales.

"Michael gets involved with the game, even more so now. He comes a little bit deeper.

"It's a result industry and sometimes you need a player who can dig a goal out of nothing and Michael has got that. They are the type of players you need sometimes to make the difference."

"But I am not the manager of England.

"It just seems a strange decision because Michael has got a track record at international level, he has scored goals, I just can't see why he is not in that squad even if it is just to be on the bench.

"But it's Capello's decision and you just have to live with that.

"It will disappoint him because that's Michael.

"When he was a young lad of about 17 I left him out once and he was first to knock on the door, so it's a great attitude he does have.

"He'll be upset about it and that's fair enough but I'm sure he'll roll his sleeves up and say 'he left me out this time but I'll get him next time and show him I can play'."