Owen: I know what I've got to do

Michael Owen says he is clear on what he must do to keep his World Cup hopes alive.

The striker has seen very little action under Fabio Capello, managing just two friendlies and missing all of England’s World Cup qualifiers, but the 29-year-old says he knows what he has to do: to play well for Manchester United – and score goals.

“The last thing I want to do is start a campaign and say all the reasons why I could be or should be involved, I'm at ease with myself and the situation. I know what I've got to do and that's play well for Man United," he said.

“I need to play well and score goals for United. If I do that then I could get picked.

“But I don't lie awake at night thinking about it. It's a simple equation, play well and you will be in, don't play well and you won't be in.”

Owen demonstrated his goalscoring knack by netting a vital last-minute winner against Manchester City, and the forward feels that his ability can carry him into the squad.

“I've always been optimistic. I've never changed as a player. I will always score goals and I have got the record to show that. I think everyone knows what they will get from me and I have proven that at World Cups before.”

As England’s first-choice striker between 1998 and 2006, Owen has notched up 40 goals for the Three Lions.

However, since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the 2006 World Cup he has seen his first-team opportunities limited by setbacks and niggles during his rehabilitation.

“It's obviously nice to see England doing so well, but unfortunately every time a squad comes along I seem to have picked up a slight injury, like this time,” he said.

“Even though I'm back to fitness now and at Newcastle I was maybe a bit out of form, there has always been a reason. There's no excuses, I just need to play well for my club and score a few goals.”