England boss: Owen still has international future

England coach Fabio Capello has not written off Michael Owen resurrecting his international career.

England coach Fabio Capello has not written off Michael Owen resurrecting his international career.

The Newcastle striker has returned to form and fitness this season after three injury-ravaged years, but has been consistently overlooked by Capello.

When asked about Owen's form, Capello said: "I don't know, I just arrived and read the newspaper.

"I know he played very well and scored a goal. I always said the door of the national team is open for all the players.

"I will check him in January and after that I will decide if he is ready, if he is OK for the next squad."

Capello insists he must be convinced of his fitness before selecting Owen again.

The Italian added: "It is important, I have to choose depending on my idea of the team.

"The most important thing is that he will be fit. The last three times he was not fit."