Since Fabio Capello took charge of the England national football team, Michael Owen has been out of favour, with the Italian clearly feeling as though the striker’s best days are behind him.
Owen has made a total of 89 appearances for his country, breaking on to the scene in 1998 when scoring a memorable solo goal against Argentina in the World Cup, although the player has been troubled by injury for much of his career.
The 31-year-old is now at Manchester United, a club which has several England regulars on the books, although a lack of game time currently hinders Owen’s chances of a recall. However, the former Liverpool forward is still very much available for selection.
Owen told the Observer: “I was in every squad for over a decade and all of a sudden it stopped one day.
“I would never turn my back on it, but obviously there’s a scar there that still hurts a bit. But I don’t get upset now when I’m not in the squad, like I used to.
“If I got a call-up I’d be there within five minutes.
“Fabio Capello picked his first squad and I was on the bench. I thought: ‘This might be a sign that he doesn’t fancy me.’ The next time I wasn’t in the squad, and that’s just been that.”