Owen Hargreaves eyes England recall

21 September 2011 09:00
Owen Hargreaves has vowed to force his way back into the England squad.

The midfielder is set to put three years of injury hell behind him when he makes his debut for Manchester City in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

Hargreaves has made just a handful of appearances since 2008 and was released by Manchester United in the summer.

Raring to go: Owen Hargreaves is set to make his Manchester City debut

His last England appearance was in May 2008 but the 30-year-old reckons a fresh start at the Etihad Stadium will provide the perfect platform for him to add to his 42 caps.

'Yes, I've written down a few targets,' Hargreaves told The Independent. 'I'll keep those to myself but I just want to get back and play football.

'That's what I've done for a long time but it's been taken away from me. I've missed it.

'All the times I've played for a team I think I've helped them to get better and I hope that will be true of my time here.'

National service: Hargreaves wants to be involved with England again

Hargreaves was England's best player at the 2006 World Cup but chronic knee trouble hampered his progress at Old Trafford after arriving from Bayern Munich in 2007.

He added: 'I'm a competitive person. I like to set my targets high.

'I've never not succeeded in achieving something that I've set myself out to achieve.

'I've just got to take it step by step. I've just got to get back in training, consistently playing.

'It's a natural progression. If I do a great job here, then I will be in the England team probably again. So we'll take it step by step first.'

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