Date: 10th August 2009 at 9:54am
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Michael Owen, who was left out of Fabio Capello’s squad for England’s friendly with Holland on Wednesday, could still force his way back as the door is not closed.

From Vital England:

Capello on Owen omission

‘We choose the players in form at the right moment.

‘Rooney is in a good moment of form. It is important for the future to know the movement better, it will be easier for both of them.’

Owen has scored some goals in pre-season but this would not have been enough to earn him a recall – how he gets on against premier league defences will do this.

Playing alongside Wayne Rooney at club level will also clearly boost the chances, if he does well, of this happening at international level.

Capello on a future recall?

‘He has to play well and score goals. He has to get back to what he was before last season.

‘He is young, he is only 29. He is not old, so why not?’

He also said that ‘the door is open,’ which it is with Capello’s way of thinking. If you play well you are selected, if not you are not!

Purely moving to Old Trafford this summer was not warrant enough for him to be recalled instantly, performing at club level will earn him this right so it is down to him to do this – and hope to stay injury free!

For me, had Capello recalled Owen at this stage, thinking about it that would send out the wrong message, right? If he could not get in when a struggling player in a struggling Newcastle side how could a summer move, and pre-season goals against weaker sides, justify a sudden inclusion?

Full article: England – Capello on squad to face Holland.