Roy Hodgson opens door for Michael Owen England return

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10:12 GMT, 16 September 2012

Roy Hodgson has opened the door for Michael Owen to make a sensational return to the England team.

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United striker hasn't played for England since 2008 – in a 1-0 friendly defeat to France.

Owen made his debut for Stoke against Manchester City on Saturday a year after his least domestic league appearance, for Manchester United, which was against the Potters.

Stoked up! Owen made his Premier League return in the 1-1 draw against Man City at the Britannia Stadium

Stoked up! Owen made his Premier League return in the 1-1 draw against Man City at the Britannia Stadium

Stoked up! Owen made his Premier league return in the 1-1 draw against Man City at the Britannia Stadium

He has scored 40 goals for the Three Lions and Hodgosn could be tempted to bring him back into the fold at time when his attacking options are thin on the ground.

'I can only wish Michael Owen well,' he said.

'I like Michael Owen. Like all football lovers, I admire what he has done in the past. He has had a wonderful career.

'It is disappointing that he has not played as many games as he would like over the past few years. Now hopefully he is going to get the chance and as I have said I can only wish him well.'

However, after Hodgson has made clear, Owen must be an outstanding performer on a regular basis for him to force other players out of the squad.

'Before we start muddying the waters entirely by going back and talking about players who have been outstanding for England in the past, let’s first of all make sure those players are playing extremely well, better than the ones I am selecting,' said Hodgson.

'There is no doubt that any player, whether it is Michael Owen or anyone else for that matter, who is on fire, scoring goals, and playing extremely well in the Premier League every week is going to come to my attention.

'But there is no reason for me to discuss him (Owen) or Crouch, as people have tried to do, or anybody else.

'In my time so far, I have had a largish squad of players. I have been working with them and they are trying very hard to play the type of football we want.'

First and last: Owen's maiden strike for England came against Morocco in 1998 and made his last appearance in 2008 against France

First and last: Owen's maiden strike for England came against Morocco in 1998 and made his last appearance in 2008 against France

First and last: Owen's maiden strike for England came against Morocco in 1998 and made his last appearance in 2008 against France