Eriksson Backs Manchester United's Michael Owen For World Cup Appearance With England

Sven-Goran Eriksson, now installed in a role as director of football at League Two outfit Notts County, believes that Michael Owen still has the capability to lead the line for England in next year's World Cup in South Africa.

Owen signed for Manchester United earlier in the summer and is currently the Red Devils' pre-season top scorer.

Eriksson thinks he will have no problem scoring goals in this season's Premier League and subsequently re-establishing himself in Fabio Capello's England side.

"I'm very pleased to see Michael back and injury-free," the Swede told Sky Sports News.

"Because he 's been extremely unlucky with injuries, one after the other, and he's been out more than he's played during the last years.

"Of course, if Michael Owen is fit, if he's playing more or less regularly, he's a man who can do the World Cup, but that's up to Capello.

"But a fit Michael Owen is always a guarantee that there will be goals scored."Eriksson also felt that the

Three Lions has the right man at the helm in Capello, with the Italian having all the pieces in place ready to mount a serious challenge in next year's tournament in South Africa.

"The team is good," he added.

"Fabio for sure is a good manager. He has everything there too. As I have said before, they are almost qualified, and they will qualify and then [they have] to prepare for the World Cup in the best way possible."

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