There is no doubt that England will miss their top scorer in Istanbul. With 16 g
There is no doubt that England will miss their top scorer in Istanbul. With 16 goals in 29 games under Sven his importance to the team in clear for all to see...
But while Michael might not be out on the pitch in England's last Euro 2004 qualifier, his thoughts will be very much with his team-mates.
As he set off for Liverpool this morning Michael told TheFA.com: "I'm obviously gutted I can't be out there playing for England but I'd like to wish the lads all the best luck on Saturday."
Michael was ruled out of the Group 7 decider this morning after failing to recover in time from the injury he picked up in the Reds 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal last Saturday.
The FA's Head of Media Relations Adrian Bevington broke the news to us on Thursday morning: "Michael Owen will not travel with the England squad to Turkey this afternoon," he said.
"Over the last three days he has received constant treatment from the England medical team, who have been in constant dialogue with the medical team at Liverpool.
"While Michael has made good progress, he will not be fit enough to take part in Saturday's match and so he will return to his club for future treatment."
Place of Birth: Chester, England
Date of Birth: 14 December 1979
Weight: 10 13
Height: 5' 8''