When England were playing Andorra and Croatia it was fair enough for Fabio Capello to think that Michael Owen was not fit enough to feature for England given his injury and illness problems. But despite playing six games for Newcastle and scoring five goals since then, he has not done enough to earn a recall to the England squad. Suspicions that the 28-year-old is really not fancied by the England boss appear to be true.
The ultimate kick in the teeth for Owen is that he is left out to the benefit of Emile Heskey, the man who he reportedly lobbied for an England recall on behalf of during Steve McClaren’s reign. Is this the end of Michael Owen’s international career? Or is this Capello’s way of saying get yourself European football and then we can talk?