Former England hit man Michael Owen says he has all but given up hope of being included in England World Cup squad this summer.
The 30 year old, who has scored 40 goals in 89 England appearances hasn’t played for the national team in nearly 2 years.
Added to that, England coach Fabio Capello has stated that all of his squad members for South Africa need to be first team regulars and Owen has failed to nail down a spot in the Manchester United starting XI.
Despite an impressive hat trick in the Champions Leage against Wolfsburg, Owen has started only five league games for his club this season following his July move from Newcastle, scoring two goals in the top flight and seven in all competitions.
Speaking to the BBC, Owen said:
It’s been a long time since I was in the England squad. You never give up but it’s probably a long shot in racing terms.
Capello has to pick an initial 35-man group for the World Cup in South Africa by 12th May, with a 1st June cut-off date set by Fifa for teams to name their final 23-man squads.