Fabio Capello will be unable to ignore Michael Owen any longer if the striker continues his pre-season goal-scoring form, according to Wayne Rooney
Owen was snubbed once again by the England boss for the friendly against Holland on Wednesday, but the striker was included in the provisional 30-man squad.
The 29-year-old hasn't played for his country since the Italian took over in December 2007.
Owen, who joined Manchester United on a free transfer from Newcastle this summer, has scored four goals during pre-season.
And although he was only given 15 minutes as a substitute to impress Capello at Wembley yesterday strike partner Rooney is confident Owen will soon appear again in an England shirt.
Rooney said: 'It's the manager's decision, but Michael has looked very sharp in pre-season and I'm sure if he continues that, it won't be too long before he is back in the England squad.'
Owen, who has scored 40 goals for England, said: 'I have just got to continue doing well and see where that takes me.'