OWEN TARGETS ENGLAND RECALL

Manchester United striker Michael Owen is determined to resume his England career.

Owen, 30, has rarely figured on Fabio Capello's radar since he became national team manager three years ago.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool star last appeared for England in March 2008, three months after the Italian took charge.

Owen, however, still believes he has something to offer, now he has shaken off a groin injury.

England have made a winning start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with successive victories against Bulgaria and Switzerland, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent all ahead of Owen in the pecking order at the moment.

But in a question and answer session - as part of a Manchester United education initiative - with pupils from Manchester's Mount Carmel RC Primary School, Owen made it clear he would love to be involved again.

He said: "I've got 89 caps so far. I played for England for many years, starting when I was 18.

"I played basically right the way through until about two years ago, which was my last game. So hopefully I will play for them again one day, you never know."