OWEN PLAYING FOR LIVERPOOL

Jamie Carragher has insisted that Michael Owen deserves to be given a warm reception when he dons a Liverpool shirt today.

The Manchester United striker will be playing up front for a Liverpool XI in Jamie Carragher's testimonial match. Carragher also tried but filed to get Cristiano Ronaldo to play.

Having been an Anfield favourite for many years Owen upset a number of Reds supporters when he signed for arch-rivals Manchester United.

OWEN TARGETS ENGLAND RECALL

Manchester United striker Michael Owen is determined to resume his England career.

Owen, 30, has rarely figured on Fabio Capello's radar since he became national team manager three years ago.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool star last appeared for England in March 2008, three months after the Italian took charge.

Owen, however, still believes he has something to offer, now he has shaken off a groin injury.

FERGIE: OWEN IS IMPORTANT

Sir Alex Ferguson has assured striker Michael Owen that he remains an important part of Manchester United's squad.

Owen started United's 3-1 Community Shield success over Chelsea, but did not feature in their Premier League season-opening victory over Newcastle United.

The former Newcastle, Real Madrid and Liverpool ace, who started just five league games last time around, is now into the final season of his two-year contract at Old Trafford.

SMALLING: HERNANDEZ LEARNING FROM OWEN

Chris Smalling has revealed Manchester United summer signing Javier Hernandez has been sticking close to Michael Owen.

Smalling has revealed that England international Owen has been giving the 22-year-old tips on how to leave Premier League defenders with twisted blood.

"When we were on our pre-season tour the strikers spent a lot of time working together and were bouncing ideas off each other," said Smalling, a £10m summer signing from Fulham.

Owen turns Scout!

England striker Michael Owen cast his eye over a selection of future international hopefuls as Loughborough Dynamo and Hinckley United Juniors both enjoyed a dream day out at Wembley Stadium.

The Loughborough Dynamo and Hinckley United under-10 teams joined more than 700 children from across the country at the annual McDonald's National Football Festival as 55 Charter Standard grass-roots clubs were invited to strut their stuff at England's HQ.

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