Owen hails Richardson bow
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Owen has paid tribute to Kieran Richardson's two-goal debut for England.Michael Owen has hailed Kieran Richardson's two-goal debut for England but has challenged the winger to go on and cement a first-team berth at Manchester United.
Owen, along with Real Madrid team-mate David Beckham, has met up with the England for the second game of their American tour against Colombia.
Although he did not see England's 2-1 win over America on Saturday live, the former Liverpool man admits he was impressed with what he saw of Richardson.
However, he feels the left-sided starlet must now kick on in the domestic game to press his international claims.
"He did well, I saw the two goals that he scored and it's a great debut to make, to score two goals from midfield is a fantastic achievement," Owen told Sky Sports News.
"It has got to be the start for him. He had a good last few months and helped keep West Brom in The Premiership and I think his first priority now is to get in the Manchester United first team.
"If he's doing that he is in with a good shout for England. Winning 2-1 was a good result - coming to America and playing in different time zones it was some achievement.
"Kieran was the star of the show, but it's difficult for me to say who else played well when I've only seen five minutes of highlights."
Owen again went on to defend his move and subsequent performances for Real this term, and believes his 13-goal haul in La Liga represents a positive first season in Spain.
"Plenty of people said `why go to a club where there's a settled team and you might not be in the team?' but I'd like to think I've pushed my way up in the manager's [Wanderley Luxemburgo] thoughts.
"These last few months I've been playing every game.
"If someone had said to me I'd play 50 games for club and country before the start of the season I would be very happy."
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