Michael Owen not expecting England World Cup call-up
Michael Owen's a long shot for the World Cup - Shearer
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has all but given up hope of making England's World Cup squad this summer.
Owen, 30, who has scored 40 goals in 89 games for England, last played for the national side in March 2008.
"It's been a long time since I was in the England squad," Owen told BBC Radio 5 live. "You never give up but it's probably a long shot in racing terms."
England boss Fabio Capello has said his players must be first-team regulars but Owen has not held down a United place.
Owen has started only five league games for his club this season following his July move from Newcastle, scoring two goals in the top flight and seven in all competitions.
The former Liverpool forward's most impressive performance this season came in United's 3-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Champions League, when Owen scored a hat-trick, but he was back on the bench for United's next game - the home defeat by Aston Villa.
Capello flew to South Africa on Sunday for Fifa's World Cup pre-tournament workshop in Sun City after watching in-form Fulham striker Bobby Zamora in the London side's 2-1 win over Birmingham City.
England play Egypt at Wembley on 3 March, with Capello set to announce his squad for that friendly this weekend.
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson said of Zamora: "I think Capello will have been impressed. I know the fans were chanting his name for England and that was quite right.
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