Owen backed to bag England recall

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has backed new-boy Michael Owen to earn an England recall from Fabio Capello. The former Liverpool and Newcastle striker has made 89 appearances for his country - scoring 40 times - but has not featured for the Three Lions since a second-half outing against France in March 2008.

However, following Owen's arrival at Old Trafford earlier this month, the 29-year-old has netted four times in as many games, including a stunning volley in United’s 8-2 drubbing of Hangzhou Greentown on Sunday.

And Giggs is confident that it is merely a matter of time before the striker catches the attentions of England boss Capello. “If Michael is playing and scoring for United, then the rest will come,” he said.

And the Welshman - who has made 563 league appearances for the Red Devils - added that he even believes Owen can overhaul Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals in an England shirt. “Sir Bobby’s record has proved difficult for anyone to overhaul. It has stood for a long time now," he said. "But looking at Michael’s ratio of goals per game for England, you would have to say that if he plays, say, another 15 internationals, he will probably overtake it.”