Michael Owen might have been left on the bench against Switzerland on Wednesday, yet the BBC report that he’s still very much part of Fabio Capello’s plans. While the Italian included the Newcastle striker in his squad of twenty-three for his inaugural England match, Rooney was employed in a lone striking role in the first-half before being accompanied by Peter Crouch after the interval. Don’t give up hope yet though Micky…
“It’s not because I like or dislike people.
“It was nothing personal. I know he’s a big player and he just needs to carry on doing what he has done so far.
“If he’s here it means he’s part of my plans like everyone else I picked.
“I know Michael very well and I’m interested in seeing as many players as I can.”
Was Wednesday’s match an opportunity for Capello to field relatively unknown players, thus leaving Owen out of the equation altogether? The new international manager had every right not to include him in the squad, considering the player’s shortage of goals this season. Everybody started with a clean slate and the Magpies striker was perhaps slightly fortunate to be selected for the squad in the first place.