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Michael Owen only focused on Manchester United career - not England future
Published : 01 Mar 2010 10:31:40
Owen, who is set for a scan on Tuesday on the hamstring injury that forced him to limp out of Sunday's Carling Cup final victory against Aston Villa, has been absent from the England scene since winning his last cap in the friendly against France in Paris in March 2008. The 30 year-old's summer move to Old Trafford has failed to prompt a return to Fabio Capello's plans and his hopes of making the World Cup now appear to be over. Related ArticlesVidic's lucky escape baffles O'NeillAston Villa 1 Manchester United 2Did referee cost Villa the Carling Cup?Rooney's swollen knee a concern for EnglandO'Neill huffed and puffed but to no availCup final: man markingOwen's hamstring injury, sustained shortly after scoring Manchester United's equaliser against Villa in front of Capello at Wembley, snuffed out any faint hopes of a late call-up for Wednesday's friendly against African champions Egypt. But despite being only nine goals adrift of England's all-time leading goalscorer Bobby Charlton, Owen admits he no longer thinks about adding to his 89 caps. He said: 'A lot of people have been getting their knickers in a twist for a while now about my England career. 'I honestly don't even think about it. It's not something that I look at because my only concern is playing for United. 'I have been to World Cups and European championships before. If I go to South Africa this summer, that's great, but if not, it will give somebody else the chance. 'I didn't know that Fabio Capello was watching the game at Wembley, but I don't go out onto the pitch thinking about who is in the stands.' Owen is facing a two to three week lay-off with the hamstring injury that struck him down five minutes before half-time at Wembley. United are hopeful that he will be available for selection in time for the clash with his former club Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 21, but Owen insists he has banished fears over his fitness record at United this season. He said: 'I have been involved in 42 of 43 squads this season, so I believe I have had a fantastic year at United. 'It's unfortunate that I have suffered the hamstring injury, but I'm confident that it won't keep me out for too long.'