As another Sunday morning began (in much the same way as they usually do), who would have thought that a relatively unknown centre half would further increase public claims for a place on the plane to South Africa this summer?
Many people probably don’t know that 10 years ago when the squad for Euro 2000 was named and a certain Thomas J. Owen was overlooked (a squad which ultimately failed, coincidence?) the young talent joined the list of great players such as Andrew Cole to retire from the international scene at that time.
Needless to say the lack of international football, did play a huge part in the life of Owen, forcing him to ply his footballing trade in the depths of Pub League football, to no avail for many years. The depths that managers such as Eriksson and McClaren rarely glimpsed over when contemplating squad selections. However, with his team sitting pretty at the top of the Dudley and Cradley Football League Division 1 and the centre half/part time midfield maestro in a rich vein of goal scoring form. Capello now has the chance to right his predecessors wrongs and make a justified plea to Thomas J. Owen to reconsider his international retirement 10 years ago and help bring the World Cup home to England.
Sunday’s home fixture against Wollaston Greyhound saw Owen head home twice, increasing his tally to seven for the season. Not only his eye for goal grabbing attention but his defensive abilities are too drawing praise from many parts. From being the next Steve Bull as a child for his shaven head, goal poaching tendencies, to being dubbed Carlos Puyol in years gone by, presumably for his tenacity in the middle of the park. More recently being labelled Carlos Cuellar by many adoring Aston Villa fans for what can only be his ability to control the back line, Owen is certainly not short of fans who would love to see him on the World Cup plane.
And why not? With Rio Ferdinand’s consistent inconsistency and John Terry’s off field distractions surely Capello should be looking at the likes of Owen and Jody Craddock. who bring not only professionalism and world class defending, but the ability to help out Mr Rooney in the scoring department.