Old Trafford veteran hopes to get his hands on another international cap.
MICHAEL OWEN says he is determined to play for England again.
The injury-hit Manchester United striker has not appeared for his country since March 2008 — three months after Fabio Capello became boss.
But Owen, 30, insists he still has something to offer now he has shaken off a groin injury.
The ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid star said: “I’ve got 89 caps so far.
“I played for England for many years, starting when I was 18. I played right through to two years ago.
“So hopefully I’ll play for them again one day.”
Owen lags behind the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Darren Bent in Capello’s pecking order.
But he does not feel he deserves his reputation for always being crocked.
Owen, who arrives for training at United 45 minutes ahead of schedule to get in shape, said: “I’ve had my fair share of injuries but also had plenty of games.
“When I look and see the number of games I’ve played for club and country, I don’t feel harshly treated by many injuries.” (The Sun)
There’s hope, then there’s wishful thinking and then there’s being totally deluded. Michael Owen may well be a very optimistic kind of guy but his hopes of playing for England are slim to none and it may be worth the former Liverpool star moving on from such aspirations.
The 30 year old has started five Premier League matches in the past 15 months. This statistic is due partly to being down the pecking order at Old Trafford and partly because he can suffer an injury just by thinking about kicking a football. Owen Hargreaves still has a lot to learn from the striker, that is a sign of just how injury prone Michael Owen is.
If we forget the whole injury thing for one second it is also worth noting that a number of decent options stand between the former great and his 90th England cap. Back up players have started to hit form. Jermain Defoe has now earned his spot as Wayne Rooney’s partner in crime, scoring a hat-trick against Bulgaria only confirmed this to be the case. Darren Bent then came off the bench on Wednesday to score a well taken goal against Switzerland.
Peter Crouch will always be close to a starting berth because his international record is freakishly good, 21 goals in 40 appearances. Then you have those strikers who have done very well for their clubs over the past year and therefore should surely be ahead of a veteran who barely gets a game. I am thinking of the likes of Carlton Cole and Bobby Zamora, both of whom get a fair bit of derogatory abuse but both of whom have netted a good deal of goals for their respective clubs.
Then of course you have the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, currently getting back to full fitness. Also youngsters like Andy Carroll probably deserve a shot with the senior set up before Owen gets his hand on another international cap.