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Owen out to end England exile

10 Aug 2009 10:32:00

Owen out to end England exile

Manchester United striker Michael Owen will keep his head down and continue battling to win back his England place. Even though he was named in Fabio Capello's provisional squad, Owen missed out again when the Italian made the final cut for England's friendly with Holland in Amsterdam on Wednesday. "I've been in the provisional squad quite a few times but the final squad is the one you want to be in," said Owen. "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." It could be argued the opposition Owen faced during United's pre-season tour of the Far East, when he scored all his goals for the club so far, was not exactly the strongest. However, as the former Liverpool star pointed out, you can only score against the defenders put in front of you and he is confident once the Premier League champions tackle Birmingham at Old Trafford, he will continue in the same vein. "I have done as well as I can in pre-season, now I am just eager to start the new season like anyone else," he said. "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. "Now I just want the season to start."


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