Manchester United striker Michael Owen has all but abandoned 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 always insisted that his players must be first-team regulars but Owen has not held down a United place.
The former Lievrpool striker 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.