Capello hints at Owen snub
05 Oct 2008 - 11:12:31
England coach Fabio Capello has dropped a major hint that Newcastle United striker Michael Owen will not be in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus.
The 28-year-old missed the wins over Andorra and Croatia as he was regaining full fitness, but Capello seems unimpressed by Owen's return of five goals in seven games this season.
The Italian told reporters: "He's fit enough, but it is not a good moment for Newcastle.
"Sometimes a lot of the results of the club for which a player plays are not good for the confidence.
"I have to decide on 23 players. I do not decide out of sympathy or because I like or dislike players. I decide on who I think is the best player at the moment.
"You can play better if all the team play well. There are three players at Tottenham who are interesting for us, but it is not a good moment for them."
In relation to Owen's goalscoring record, Capello added: "It is not enough only to score goals.
"It is very important, but sometimes one player has not played for 89 minutes and he scores a goal, it is not enough.
"The goals are very important, but it is not only the goals."