Owen eyes England return
Michael Owen is ready to answer Fabio Capello's call if the England boss decides to offer a return.
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 01/07/10 8:04pm
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has reiterated his desire to play for the national side again and is ready to answer Fabio Capello's call if the England manager should decide to offer him a return to the fold.
The 30-year-old's only appearance under Capello came in the second half of England's 1-0 friendly defeat in France back in March 2008.
Owen's chances of a World Cup call-up evaporated after the striker was ruled out for the rest of the Premier League campaign for the Red Devils in March of this year after sustaining a hamstring injury during the League Cup final victory against Aston Villa.
Owen admits that it was frustrating to watch England implode at the tournament and insists he is still available for selection if the Italian decides he needs him.
"I went to the last three World Cups and a couple of European Championships so it's been really different this time," he said.
"It was frustrating for me and for everyone. There were a lot of questions that came out of the tournament.
"I obviously missed the tournament through injury. Whether I would've been picked is another matter. I missed it because I wasn't available but I've definitely not retired from international football."
Owen also backs his United team-mate Wayne Rooney following the striker's dismal form in South Africa as the 24-year-old went the tournament without a goal to his name despite being tipped to take the competition by storm.
Rooney has not scored a goal for the Three Lions in more than nine months and he also struggled to find his form for Sir Alex Ferguson's side at the end of last season due to a niggling ankle injury.
Owen, however, is confident that the former Everton forward can get back to his best once he returns from the summer break.
"People talk about Wayne after the World Cup because he is Wayne, but there were other players who didn't perform at the World Cup too," said Owen.
"People will inevitably focus on Wayne though. He wasn't at the top of his game, for whatever reason - whether it was tiredness or because the rest of the team around him wasn't playing well.
"He wasn't at his best but we all know he's a world-class player. After a few weeks off he will be back and scoring again."