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Wednesday, 4 September, 2002, 23:51 GMT 00:51 UK
Owen to captain England
David Beckham (left) is replaced by Michael Owen (right)
Owen (right) deputises for Beckham at Villa Park
England v Portugal | Villa Park | Saturday, 7 September kick-off 1600 BST | Live on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Sport Online

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Michael Owen will skipper England against Portugal on Saturday after David Beckham withdrew from the squad with a calf injury.

Beckham limped off during Manchester United's 1-0 victory against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

And England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has called on Owen to deputise again, after the Liverpool striker first stepped in to the senior role against Paraguay in April.

He has got a little pull in his left calf muscle which obviously is a concern for us
Sir Alex Ferguson

Eriksson will have have noted the appearance of Paul Scholes in United's midweek side, despite his being ruled out of his England squad after sustaining an ankle injury in the Champions League qualifier against Zalaegerszeg.

David Dunn has already been called up as a replacement for the injured Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer.

The Blackburn midfielder has impressed for David Platt's Under-21 side, notably when he scored a superb goal against Holland in November 2001.

Dunn's club manager Graeme Souness believes the 22-year-old may be raw, but he is more than ready for his chance in the full squad.

"He has got tremendous natural ability, he is an extremely strong boy and he knows where he wants to be."

Dyer pulled out of the friendly after suffering from shin splints against Liverpool on Monday.

"We are withdrawing Kieron from the squad and informing the FA as he has had a recurrence of shin splints," said the Newcastle manager Bobby Robson.

"When he runs he is all right. But when he starts to walk he has intense pain and suffers spasms."

Dyer had been named in the first international squad of the new season by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson earlier on Monday.

The 23-year-old was hampered by a string of injuries last season, including shin splints, but he recovered from a knee injury to feature in the World Cup.

The 22-year-old first deputised for Beckham against Paraguay in April and continued in the role until the Manchester United midfielder returned to the England line-up for the World Cup clash against Sweden in June.

WC = World Cup
WCQ = World Cup
EC = European Championship
ECQ = European Championship
F = Friendly International
BJT = Brazilian Jubilee Tournament


All Engld Portgl Drawn
Total meetings 18 9 3 6
World Cup 2 1 1 0
World Cup Quals 2 1 0 1
Euro Ch'ship 1 0 1 0
Euro Ch Quals 2 0 0 2
Brazilian Jubilee 1 0 0 1
Friendlies 10 7 1 2


25 May 1947 F Portugal 0-10 England
14 May 1950 F Portugal 3-5 England
19 Mar 1951 F England 5-2 Portugal
22 May 1955 F Portugal 3-1 England
07 May 1958 F England 2-1 Portugal
21 May 1961 WC Q Portugal 1-1 England
25 Oct 1961 WC Q England 2-0 Portugal
17 May 1964 F Portugal 3-4 England
04 Jun 1964 BJT Portugal 1-1 England
26 Jun 1966 WC SF England 2-1 Portugal
10 Dec 1969 F England 1-0 Portugal
03 Apr 1974 F Portugal 0-0 England
20 Nov 1974 EC Q England 0-0 Portugal
19 Nov 1975 EC Q Portugal 1-1 England
03 Jun 1986 WC Portugal 1-0 England
12 Dec 1995 F England 1-1 Portugal
22 Apr 1998 F England 3-0 Portugal
12 Jun 2000 EC Portugal 3-2 England


European Ch'ship Finals - 12 June, 2000 - Eindhoven
Portugal scorers: Figo 22, Joao Pinto 38, Nuno Gomes 60
England scorers: Scholes 3, McManaman 18
Portugal team: Vitor Baia, Xavier, Dimas, Paulo Bento, Fernando Couto, Jorge Costa, Rui Costa (Beto 84), Nuno Gomes (Capucho 90), Joao Pinto (Conceicao 75), Vigigal.
England team: Seaman, Neville G, Neville P, Ince, Campbell, Adams (Keown 81), Beckham, Scholes, Shearer, Owen (Heskey 46), McManaman (Wise 57).
Referee: Mr Frisk - Att: 33,000

Michael Owen
"The secret is just to play your normal game"
Blackburn's David Dunn
"It's going to be a great experience"
Leeds' Paul Robinson
"It's a learning curve for me"
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