Rooney backing for Owen
Wayne Rooney expects Michael Owen to perform well enough to earn a recall for England. Owen has fallen out of favour under Fabio Capello but his summer move to Manchester United has fuelled discussion about a possible return to the international fold. He has been left out of the squad for Wednesday's friendly against Holland despite a number of encouraging performances in pre-season. Rooney is nevertheless convinced that his new club-mate will soon be brought back by Capello if he can make an impact in the Premier League. "I do see Michael getting back into the England side," said Rooney. "Obviously it is the manager's decision but he has looked really sharp in pre-season and I am sure if he maintains that form, it won't be long before he is back in the squad." Owen has been pleased with the way he has adjusted to life at Old Trafford but realises he must continue to show what he can do over a longer period. "I've been in the provisional squad quite a few times but the final squad is the one you want to be in," said the former Newcastle man. "I have had a good start to my United career. I haven't missed a training session or a match. "But it's down to the management. I have just got to continue doing well and see where that takes me. "I have done as well as I can in pre-season, now I am just eager to start the new season like anyone else. "It has been easy to settle in at United. The players have made me very welcome and I feel like I have been here a couple of years already."