Wright: Owen Must Work Harder To Earn England Recall

The Newcastle United striker still has time win his place back in the Three Lions squad but he needs to show some desire, says Wright.
Former Arsenal star Ian Wright believes that Michael Owen is good enough to earn a call-up to the England squad, but says he must prove that he aspires to do so.

Wright has questioned the Newcastle United striker's attitude, suggesting that he does not seem too bothered whether or not he plays international football.

"I’m wondering how much it hurt when Michael discovered Darren Bent had been called up by [Fabio] Capello on Sunday due to injuries to our strikers," Wright told The Sun.

"I’m also wondering how much it hurt Michael when he watched David Beckham pick up 109 caps and saw Wayne Rooney prove he could become one of our greatest goalscorers.

"But the fact is that I don’t think it did hurt Michael. This is the problem, and it’s making me angry.

"His career is going down the pan and it’s upsetting me. I’m Michael Owen’s biggest fan but, at the moment, I’m his biggest critic.

"I’m waiting to see Michael on TV, or read about him in the press, saying how tough it is not being involved in the England team.

"But this interview doesn’t seem to appear. I would dearly love him to break [Bobby] Charlton’s [goalscoring] record. I am a big fan and he should be there with Capello’s squad ahead of tomorrow’s game against Ukraine.

"But it’s up to Michael. He needs to think, ‘I’m 29, I’m 10 goals away from being England’s greatest-ever goalscorer, and I’m going to have a real go.’

"His attitude seems to be all wrong. He has got to realize there is still time enough for him to go out with a bang for England."