December 9th, 2009

CL Hat-Trick: Should Michael Start Packing?

Michael Owen - photographed by Nicky Johnston

Image copyright Nicky Johnston

Michael Owen scored his first hat-trick for Manchester United last night in their Champions League game against Wolfsburg. Think it’s safe to say he’s feeling ten-feet-tall this morning.

Well, let’s keep it in perspective. He’s probably feeling six, maybe seven-feet-tall.

Regardless, it’s always nice to see Mikey in good form – and it’s gotten us thinking, of course, about who Fabio Capello will take with him to South Africa next year.

We’ve been having night sweats about the goalkeeper situation, so it’s nice to turn our focus elsewhere for a mo’ – the strikers. Do you think Michael should be one of the forwards on the plane for England? Who should Capello take to the World Cup?

Update: Original story here those looking for more from the above photo-shoot.

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24 Responses to “CL Hat-Trick: Should Michael Start Packing?”

  1. Pamela says:

    He's so HOTT! I've always liked him. To bad he's married. He doesnt even live with his wife but she is currently pregnant with their 4th. Pretty obvious what he does to her when he goes to see the family :s

  2. Erin says:

    I can't see Owen getting the nod from Capello. I think Rooney, Heskey, Defoe, Crouch, and probably Bent are all ahead of him. I believe Owen will only go if there are injuries to others, or if he gets a lot more playing time in important matches and makes a real case for himself.

    • Wazza says:

      Something I absolutely cannot comprehend is how Peter Crouch can be ahead of Michael Owen. Among the strikers, Rooney, I understand is by far, the favorite and rightly so. Defoe is a predator too — I mean that dude takes less than a fraction of a second to pounce on a 1/2 chance. I am not too sure about Heskey. But Crouch? He is a joke to the game of football. I mean people are seriously underestimating Owen — he is probably the most technically correct player among all of the English strikers, takes the best runs and is the most aware of his position, even more so than Rooney. The correct list of strikers for the WC should be Rooney, Defoe, Owen and Heskey. I am sure Owen will prove that point. By the end of the season, he wont surprise me if he is even before Defoe is the list.

  3. Regiii says:

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!! Mikey's looking tough!!! Yummy!!!! What about this boxing bandage???? Dear Lord, i wish i was in there gently wrestling with him – ahem!!!

  4. Avenath says:

    As a Liverpool fan, it pains me to see him score for ManU…but one can never forget how amazing a player he really is…i vote for Capello to take him to South Africa!

  5. Sarah says:

    He's still got it!

  6. Piquéness says:

    Wow,he looks hot in this photo o.O

  7. Fiona says:

    He is so damn cute!! And yes, he deserves to go to South Africa. Not just because of yesterday (but that does help his case!)

  8. tammyv says:

    As a Newcastle fan, I loath him…. will never, ever like him and it entertains me that Fab is punishing him for his horrible behavior at St. James.

    Oh and that goalkeeping situation will be resolved when someone, or anyone at the FA finds Steve Harper’s phone number

  9. Elise says:

    Well Michael Owen has always been, as my grandmother would have said, 'pretty as a picture' so that might otherwise be enough reason to include him- LOL- but this is the World Cup, so…I'm not sure. The only two I'm 100 percent sure on are Rooney and Defoe.

  10. Jessica says:

    Defoe, Rooney, Bent and Agbonlahor

  11. Blair says:

    THat picture is down right to die for. My goodness.

  12. HiL says:

    I'm so happy for him! I think it's also his frist CL hat-trick. he is a top class striker, no doubt. but he has plenty of competition! I can't see Rooney or Defoe not starting..

  13. bam! says:

    I'd take Rooney, Defoe, Crouch & Owen. And my Owen pick was not simply because he scored a hatrick last night, been thinking it for months now. He certainly wouldn't start games but I could see him being a fantastic sub, same reason I'd take Becks too, always useful to have that quality to bring on at any moment, particularly later on in matches. Crouch I'd take just for the sheer height he brings, it immediately causes trouble for defences & again late in a match needing a goal, shove Becks & Crouch on & just get crosses into the box for the beanpole.

    If not Owen then Agbonlahor I think would get my next vote.

  14. Lucy says:

    that picture is fantastic :D

  15. christie says:

    the fox in the box is back – owen's show should be enough proof to warrant a ticket to South Africa!

  16. tammyv says:

    he is scoring goals in a meaningless match where the subs played because the first team already secured next round placement without him. he is getting about 30 minutes of playing time in games pretty much already handled. Not World Cup class involvement

    And yes, Capello is looking at the 4 years of worthless that he was at Newcastle and the year of worthless he was at Madrid and is holding that against him… he deserves to be held accountable for those years.

  17. bubbly_cheryl says:

    that was beautifully said and written, and as far as i am concerned i *dislike* certain footballers for the way in which they treat clubs (tevez) but i would never wish injury on someone, esp. if they are doing something they love, and like freckles said- owen has done everything that has been asked of him at united and more, and i wouldn't expect tammyv to say anything nice about united players, given that she bashed rio ferdinand for no proper reason (not an insult… just my reasoning)

  18. bubbly_cheryl says:

    i personally don't see what tammyv's problem is, newscastle at the moment are doing great (i'm keeping an eye cause danny simpson and smudge are playing there) and have been proper entertaining as well- well on their way to promotion if you ask me

  19. tammyv says:

    Actually, I am thrilled he is gone. I wanted him gone two years before that

  20. tammyv says:

    I never wished injury on any player, even Owen. I dislike him for the way he treated the club and the fans. As for Rio, I don’t think he is perfect but then again, history backs me up on that. I am ok with saying it

  21. bubbly_cheryl says:

    rio ferdinand used to go out drinking (what normal young person wouldn't do that???) and may i just add that he is one of the most charitable footballers around, because how many footballers would help fund a movie (with a big rapper like 50 cent) just so a bunch of kids can get work experience on a movie set?

    ps. thanks to newscastle for letting owen go- his been doing great for us so far… and long may that continue…