Capello leaves Owen out of England squad
The England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers with Andorra and Croatia clearly shows that Fabio Capello is not prone to picking players based on their reputation or past glories. The biggest causalities are Michael Owen, Jonathan Woodgate and Peter Crouch with Fulham's Jimmy Bullard earning a surprise call up.
The Italian was at the Emirates on Saturday to see Owen's Newcastle side lose 3-0 to Arsenal. The former Liverpool striker has only played 45 minutes of football since Capello took over and his omission could spell the end of an England career which has seen him score 40 goals in 89 matches.
England go into the crucial game with Croatia with only three recognised strikers: Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and the recalled Emile Heskey. Joleon Lescott has been preferred to Spurs' centre back Jonathon Woodgate in defence while West Ham's goalkeeper Robert Green has also earned a recall.
Will England have enough up front in Defoe, Heskey and Rooney or should Capello have called up Crouch and Owen? Between them the little and large combination have 54 international goals. Only time will tell if Fab got it right.