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Would you choose Owen or Bent in a World Cup final?

November 11, 2009

Imagine the scenario … there are 10 minutes to go in the World Cup final and England are 1-0 down.

England sail through, but how are their World Cup chances?

September 9, 2009

So, once again, England qualify in style. The garages can start stocking up on plastic flags of St George, the breweries can breathe a sigh of relief and the tabloids can start their gradual shift from cautious support to the crescendo of expectation that will accompany Fabio Capello and his squad to South Africa next year.

The goals will come for Owen, so should an England recall

August 6, 2009

Michael Owen missed four glorious chances in Manchester United’s 2-0 friendly win over Valencia but the very fact that he was there to miss them signals a real chance of the former Liverpool reviving his career for club and country.

Is there any way back for Owen?

March 30, 2009

Quite how far Michael Owen’s career has nosedived was underlined at the weekend when the Newcastle United striker was again overlooked for his country despite the lack of attacking options for coach Fabio Capello.

Lippi and Capello get grief for two very different reasons

March 24, 2009

Italy coach Marcello Lippi probably expected to be grilled for again overlooking Antonio Cassano, but England counterpart Fabio Capello may not have foreseen the furore surrounding him actually picking a player.

There’s only one Michael Ballack..

November 20, 2008

Like political pundits on local election night, football reporters can’t help reading too much into the results of international friendlies.

Another meaningless friendly? Well, not quite…

November 19, 2008

Germany’s friendly against England at the Olympiastadion later on Wednesday will have the feel of a B international, given the absence of so many familiar players.

Could Beckham be the new Pirlo?

October 29, 2008

If David Beckham’s loan move to AC Milan goes through, one of the options coach Carlo Ancelotti has in mind is to use him as an alternative to Andrea Pirlo as a deep midfield playmaker.

Why Owen’s England future looks grim under Capello

October 23, 2008

Capello and Owen

Fabio Capello said Michael Owen’s England career is not necessarily over after omitting the Newcastle man from his squad again for the Kazakhstan and Belarus World Cup qualifiers.