26 Sep 2011

Owen concentrates on United but will not rule out England

8:30 am on 26 September 2011

Reports out of England say footballer Michael Owen hasn't turned his back on the England side unlike some of his contemporaries.

But Owen says he would rather force his way into the Manchester United team than wait for an England recall because he doesn't expect to play for the national side again while Fabio Capello is manager.

Owen, 31, England's fourth highest international scorer with 40 goals from his 89 internationals, re-ignited the debate about his future with two goals against Leeds United in a League Cup tie last week when he made his first appearance of the season for Manchester United.

However Owen says he no longer expects to be part of Capello's plans but hasn't said that he doesn't want to play for the national side.

He told Sunday's Observer newspaper that he still carries a scar after being dropped by Capello in 2008 but says if he got a call-up he'd join the team in a flash.