Owen Hargreaves Sets England Target

Etihad Stadium debutant wants Wembley recall.

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Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves wants an England recall after he has made his debut for his new side.

The 30-year-old has been plagued with injuries over the last three years, making just 18 Premier League starts for Manchester United during four seasons.

He was released from his Old Trafford contract in the summer and will make his first start for his former rivals in tonight’s Carling Cup tie against Birmingham City.

But the former Bayern Munich player has set his sights on once again representing the Three Lions and possibly appearing at Euro 2012.

“Yes, I’ve written down a few targets,” he told the Independent. “I’ll keep those to myself but I just want to get back and play football.

“That’s what I’ve done for a long time but it’s been taken away from me. I’ve missed it.

“All the times I’ve played for a team I think I’ve helped them to get better and I hope that will be true of my time here.

“I’m a competitive person. I like to set my targets high. I’ve never not succeeded in achieving something that I’ve set myself out to achieve – so yes.

“I’ve just got to take it step by step. I’ve just got to get back in training, consistently playing. It’s a natural progression.

“If I do a great job here, then I will be in the England team probably again. So we’ll take it step by step first.”

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