Michael Owen is on the London Colney training pitch this morning three years after he starred in a great England win.
Real Madrid's new striker Michael Owen is on the London Colney training pitch this morning as he and his new club-mate, skipper David Beckham, join up with the England squad following a friendly match for the Spanish giants last night.
Of Sven's 22-man squad, only Shaun Wright-Phillips is not training today. The Manchester City winger is resting an ankle injury as a precautionary measure before England's opening World Cup Group Six Qualifier on Saturday.
Bayern Munich's Owen Hargreaves also trains on the anniversary of one of England's best ever results at his home ground in Bavaria.
The Three Lions are back in that part of Europe at the weekend when Austria stand in their way, but three years ago today it was Austria's neighbours Germany who were on course to win World Cup Qualifying Group Nine.
Rudi Voller's team sat top of the table, six points ahead of England, so a win would have secured their route to Korea and Japan in the summer.
Everything looked rosy for them after just six minutes when Carsten Jancker put the home side 1-0 up in the Olympiastadion. But on 12 minutes Owen kicked off what was to become a night that only England fans' dreams are made of.
His leveller was followed just before half-time by a Steven Gerrard thunderbolt that Oliver Kahn could only watch sneak inside his post, and England were now in charge.
That would have done us, a 2-1 victory pulling England within three points of the Germans with a game in hand. But Michael Owen - and his then-Liverpool team mates Gerrard and Emile Heskey were still on a high from their treble and victory over Bayern in the Super Cup a week earlier.
Three minutes after the re-start, Owen added his second to put Sven's men 3-1 up, then on 65 minutes, the party was underway when he completed his hat-trick beating Kahn with a deft finish from a Gerrard pass.
Heskey made it a fairy-tale night when he added the 5th with 17 minutes left on referee Pierluigi Collina's watch.
England broke with Beckham and Scholes and the latter squared a neat ball to Heskey who slotted in past the German number one.
It was a special night for everyone in England, none more so than Owen who took the matchball, and it spurred the Three Lions on to automatic qualification to World Cup 2002.
Let's hope our latest campaign begins in similar fashion this weekend...
Germany: Kahn, Rehmer, Worns (Asamoah 46), Nowotny, Linke, Bohme, Hamann, Deisler, Ballack (Klose 67), Jancker,
Neuville (Kehl 78).
Subs Not Used: Lehmann, Bierhoff, Frank Baumann, Ziege.
England: Seaman, Gary Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Gerrard (Hargreaves 78), Scholes (Carragher 83), Barmby (McManaman 65), Owen, Heskey.
Subs Not Used: Southgate, Martyn, Fowler, Andy Cole.
Ref: P Collina (Italy).