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Capello: Owen is my tormentor

Fabio Capello has branded Michael Owen a 'tormentor' while speaking at sports seminar in Italy. The England manager was drawing a parallel between himself and Italian international boss Marcello Lippi.

World Cup winning manager Lippi has come under fire in Italy for his refusal to call up Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano while Capello is repeatedly asked about Owen's chances of an international recall.

"With Lippi it is Cassano - I have (Michael) Owen, I also have a tormentor," Capello said. "Everyone has one."

Despite being England's fourth best goalscorer of all-time, Capello has continually overlooked Owen who has struggled with his form and fitness over the last few years since he returned to the Premier League from Real Madrid.

However, Owen's recent move to Manchester United has reopened the debate of whether or not the striker should be included in the England squad for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

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