Owen omitted from Amsterdam friendly

LONDON - Manchester United striker Michael Owen was again left out by England manager Fabio Capello when the Italian named his squad to face the Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Owen moved to the Premier League champions last month after an unproductive spell with Newcastle United and scored in a number of pre-season friendlies. Owen has 40 goals from 89 appearances for his country but his last appearance for England under Capello came early in his tenure in March 2008. There were no others surprises in Capello's squad, although Portsmouth goalkeeper David James was omitted leaving United's Ben Foster, West Ham United's Robert Green and Blackburn Rovers' Paul Robinson to battle for the place.