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Owen ready for bench role

16 June 2006 08:26
England striker Michael Owen has admitted that he is likely to start the final Group B game against Sweden on the substitute's bench. The Newcastle United star was replaced by Wayne Rooney in the 58th minute of England's unimpressive 2-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago after producing his second laboured performance of the tournament. Owen missed the last five months of the Premiership season with a broken foot and was substituted in the early stages of Saturday's 1-0 victory against Paraguay as well. After the win against the Soca Warriors, Owen said: "I wasn't disappointed to be substituted. It's a team game and the substitutions proved to be the right ones for the team. "I know I haven't scored, but Peter (Crouch) and Steven (Gerrard) did, so it worked out well. "My confidence is high. I know that if I get a good chance, I will take it. I feel sharp. I am taking part in all the training sessions and enjoying them. "I'm not worried. If I'm sat on the bench, I'm sat on the bench. I've been on the bench in my career before. "If the manager thinks it is the right thing, he'll do it. That's football."

Source: ESA