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Michael Owen looks set to be fit for England’s World Cup qualifier against Wales.

Owen, who had a muscle strain, joined in a full work out today, raising hopes that he will be fit to start in Saturday’s international.

With Owen likely to be fit, coach Sven-Goran Eriksson may decide to employ three strikers – with the Real Madrid star playing alongside Jermain Defoe and Wayne Rooney playing in the hole just behind the pair.

Meanwhile, England captain David Beckham has has spoken of the boost the suqad received with the retunr to action of Rio Ferdinand. The defender served an eight-month ban for failing to attend a drugs test in Manchester.

“Having Rio back in the team is massive for the players, the team and the fans,” Beckham said.

“He has been out a long time but you can see what he has done for the Manchester United team since he has come back in.

“We are hoping that is what he is going to do for us. To have four defenders available like Rio, Ledley, John and Sol is immense. “There are not many defenders around better than them.”

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