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The Three Lions boss tells Stoke City's new striker that, if he continues to play regularly and score, there is every chance of a future international recall for the 32-year-old

England manager Roy Hodgson has challenged Michael Owen to make a sensational return to the national side after more than four years in the wilderness.

The 32-year-old netted 40 times in 89 appearances for England but his last appearance for the Three Lions came in March 2008 against France.

After arriving at the Britannia Stadium following a struggle to find first-team football at Manchester United, Owen could yet make his way back into international contention.

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"Any player, be he Michael Owen or anyone else, who is on fire, scoring goals and playing extremely well in the Premier League every week, they are going to come to our attention," the Three Lions boss told reporters.

"We look at all players. I have chosen players so far on what I have seen in the Premier League over the last couple of years.

"I like Michael. Like all football lovers, I admire what he has done in the past.

"He's had a wonderful career, it's disappointing he hasn't played as many games as he would like in the last couple of years.

"Now, hopefully, he will get the chance and we will wish him well."