Michael Owens up to think­ing big

Eng­land up­date: A flick­er­ing star, glimpse into the fu­ture and ex­po­sure of a ‘turn­coat’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

MANCH­ESTER UNITED for­ward Michael Owen, who won the last of his 89 caps against France in March 2008, in­sists the Cham­pi­ons League can pro­pel him back into the Eng­land fold.

Owen scored for the Red Devils against CSKA Moscow at Old Traf­ford on Tues­day and de­spite spending more than a year in the in­ter­na­tional wilder­ness, feels he is on the in­ter­na­tional come­back trail.

Owen, 29, said: “The last squad I was in was a year ago now. It’s some­thing other peo­ple talk about more than I think about.

“But I’ve played for Eng­land 89 times and I would love to play for them again – that is the bot­tom line.

“I can in­flu­ence my chances by play­ing well and per­form­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League has to help. But I don’t go to bed think­ing if I will play for Eng­land again.

“I think about play­ing well for Manch­ester United. The rest will take care of it­self.”

Owen in­sists he has ban­ished his in­jury-prone tag since arriving at United in the sum­mer. He said: “I’ve been fit for most of the time I’ve been here and I’ve only missed one game through in­jury.

“The club has a great struc­ture be­hind the scenes that looks af­ter the first-team play­ers. If you want to do any­thing ex­tra – weights, yoga what­ever – you can go into a room and there will al­ways be staff there to help you.” – The Tele­graph

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