Owen’s dream is finally over

by Ashleigh Rose

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

As some of you may have read on here before, I’m a big fan of Michael Owen and have already written a couple of blogs on the Man Utd hitman, in which both somewhere champion Owen going to next summers World Cup. But after Fabio Capello revealed his latest squad for Saturday’s game against Brazil last night, I think we can finally assume that Owen’s South African dream is all but over.

With Carlton Cole’s injury, there was a new name expected to be amongst England’s attack for the game in Qatar and although Owen was rumoured to be part of the England managers 30 man original squad, he picked Sunderland’s Darren Bent in favour of Owen along with Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe. Which suggests that Capello is also considering only taking four strikers next summer, which if he is should go back at look what happened to England in Germany four years ago.

Now I’ve got nothing against Darren Bent. I don’t particularly think he has what it takes on the international stage, but as the Premier League’s highest English goalscorer he’s earned his place in the squad. I have more questions with what Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone are doing there (is our midfield strength in depth that weak?), but it does seem like this could be the final nail in Owen’s coffin.

Capello has called Owen ‘his tormentor’ in the past weeks, stating that the decision to include him is the one he cant seem to get over. And already this season, we’ve seen that when Alex Ferguson has called upon his new number seven he hasn’t let the club down. His last minute derby winner proved that Owen is always the big game player and his goal in the Carling Cup win over Barnsley showed all the class of a striker who’s scored 40 goals for his country. But so far it’s not enough and you have to question what it will take for Owen to get on that plane as one the final twenty-three.

It’s clear that if without a gluftful of goals for the Red Devils, nothing is going to be god enough to convince the England manager. Which will be difficult for Owen, as he’s hardly being used as first choice by Alex Ferguson and the pressure will be on him to perform at every opportunity given. Which is where I think Capello doesn’t see Owen’s biggest benefit, and that is how Fergie is using him right now. He’s never going to be first choice for club or coutry, but what a weapon to have on the bench when you just need that crucial goal.

For now though, Owen in Fabio’s eyes is possibly his eighth or ninth choice striker. Which wont be enough to take him to the World Cup and it’s hard to see what he can between now and then to change his mind.

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  • Jason

    I don’t think Capello will ever pick Owen, he’s worth a punt but i guess he’s to much of a risk what with his injury record

  • Matt Quinn

    Ive said it before and i will say it again. Owen is just not good enough. A very poor player indeed. He has no first touch, is hardly involved in any build-ups (something you need in international football) and is still missing 3 or 4 chances a game.

    I think Ferguson has realised this and was shown in the game against Wolfsburg at Old Trafford. United were terrible for the first 20mins, the ball wasnt sticking up front and they just werent getting possession. Then Owen went off injured and the much maligned Berbatov came on. Suddenly the ball stuck up front, United were able to attack as a team and they were threatening through-out. A perfect microcosm of whats wrong with Owen.

  • dexylongshot

    Owen’s dream is finally over


    He fucked up our last world cup saying he was fit but knowing full well deep down he was only 50%.

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