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Hodgson opens door for Owen recall

ESPN staff
September 16, 2012
Michael Owen has not played for Stoke for more than four years © Getty Images
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England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he would have no choice but to recall Michael Owen if he starts scoring at Stoke on a regular basis.

Owen moved to Stoke earlier this month following his release from Manchester United at the end of last season, and made his debut against Manchester City on Saturday.

He has not played for England for more than four years and has fallen well down the pecking order, but Hodgson is refusing to close the door on the 32-year-old.

"Before we start muddying the waters entirely by going back and talking about players who have been outstanding for England in the past, let's first of all make sure those players are playing extremely well, better than the ones I am selecting," Hodgson said.

"There is no doubt that any player, whether it is Michael Owen or anyone else for that matter, who is on fire, scoring goals, and playing extremely well in the Premier League every week is going to come to my attention.

"But there is no reason for me to discuss him or [Peter] Crouch, as people have tried to do, or anybody else. In my time so far, I have had a largish squad of players. I have been working with them and they are trying very hard to play the type of football we want."

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