Michael Owen is determined to resume his England career.
Owen, 30, has rarely figured on Fabio Capello’s radar since he became national team manager three years ago. The former Newcastle and Liverpool star last appeared for England in March 2008, three months after the Italian took charge.
Owen, however, still believes he has something to offer, now he has shaken off a groin injury.
England have made a winning start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with successive victories against Bulgaria and Switzerland, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent all ahead of Owen in the pecking order at the moment.
But in a question and answer session – as part of a Manchester United education initiative – with pupils from Manchester’s Mount Carmel RC Primary School – Owen made it clear he would love to be involved again.
He said: ‘I’ve got 89 caps so far. I played for England for many years, starting when I was 18.
‘I played basically right the way through until about two years ago, which was my last game. So hopefully I will play for them again one day, you never know.’
Owen is pleased with the amount of football he has played despite his injuries and revealed that he arrives for training 45 minutes ahead of schedule.
He said: ‘I’ve had my fair share (of injuries) but also had plenty of games. When I look back and see the amount of matches I have played at club level, international level, I do not feel harshly treated by too many injuries.
I get in about 9am. I do all my preparation work for training for 45 minutes. I see the physio and we make sure everything is in the right place and moving right. Then we start all together at 9.45.’
United face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday and Owen told pupils they were his boyhood idols. ‘When I was growing up my sporting hero was always Gary Lineker,’ he said. ‘I supported Everton when I was a little boy.
‘Now I am just impressed with anyone who does their sport at a high level. I know how hard it is.’
Asked what he would be if not a footballer, Owen added: ‘I would be a golfer as it is a game I like. Away from sport maybe something like a fireman or a policeman as I enjoy being outside.’