Lowly Owen??

Say the name Michael Owen anywhere in the world and you will find that maybe %99 of people will say they have heard that name before. This is because Michael Owen is a football legend.  After seeing the headline “Time to accept Owen’s lowly status”  I feel that i have to comment.

Yes, Michael Owen hasn’t had the luckiest of  years lately due to injury and the fact he was up against some of the best players in the world for a place in the starting 11.  Just the fact that he was fighting for a place along side the likes of  Wayne Rooney is proof that Owen still has something left of that wide-eyed 18 year old we all remember.  Owen is set to sign with Stoke City – not a high flyer but still in the highest league of all and would (if fit) start most games.  Michael Owen has played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United, all in the highest leagues they can be.

In my opinion He still has the ability to play for everyone of them clubs, he might not have the pace he once had but because the pace he had was so fast he still is quite quick, just because he has aged it doesn’t mean he has lost the vision, skill or control, we still saw that the last time he played. Most importantly he still has the heart and desire to play. I’m guessing he isn’t  in dire need of money but is still desperate to put on his boots and play.

You can follow him on twitter @themichaelowen. He’s a great twitterer and might even give you the odd tip on the horses too!

To me Michael should always have a place in the England squad because he is still the same man that should’ve smashed Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record years ago.

Lowly Owen?  Not a chance.

International Football Retirements

It has just been announced that yet another Ireland football player has retired from international football only. Damien Duff who is only 33 years old has retired from the honor of representing his country. He is not the first person to do this: Shay Given, Damien duff, Robbie Keane teased about it, the Fai is trying to bribe Richard Dunne to stay playing by offering him the captaincy and Stephan Ireland- well thats just another story with him.

It’s not just Irish players obviously, many players lucky enough to be a regular in their respective international teams retire from their country’s team at an early age to “focus on their club”

Ryan Giggs, Jamie Carragher, Jason Koumas, Paul Scholes just to name a few retired from international football quite early. Every single one of them said it was to “focus on their club career” but as we all know it was either because they were no longer good enough or simply because they didnt want to play damage limitation matches in world cup or euro championship qualifiers.

I find it outrageous that one of the people i mentioned earlier said that he wasn’t getting paid enough for international duty! In my opinion and the opinion of many others, you shouldn’t get paid at all for international duty. It should be an honor and a privilege to be even considered to represent your country to do the thing you love to do.   Madness!

This is just my opinion but i feel that players should carry on representing their country for as long as they are physically able to, and not just pick and choose whether they want to do it or not.

Sport intro

From time to time in this category there will be sports updates. Manchester united is my team but i will be using all sports and all teams. Obviously if i find that the update is interesting then and only then will i post it, I won’t be posting just any little thing.