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Shearer not writing off Owen as Newcastle striker

Temporary Newcastle boss Alan Shearer may yet start with Michael Owen for the home clash with Fulham on Saturday. Shearer is spoilt for choice when it comes to options up front at present.

But the pressure on Owen has increased after his barren run in front of goal stretched to 11 games following his failure to find the net in Monday's 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.

"There were some big performances out there against Boro," Shearer told the Evening Chronicle.

"Let's not forget about Michael. He also put in a shift without much success."

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