Thursday, June 07, 2007

Come back to what you know

Last night's 3-0 win over Estonia might ultimately have been a stroll in the park, but it was nevertheless encouraging to see Michael Owen score his first goal since coming back from the horrific knee injury sustained at last summer's World Cup. He lasted 87 minutes, too - and his withdrawal wasn't down to injury.

In truth Owen's strike shortly after the hour mark owed much to David Beckham's brilliant delivery from the right, as did Peter Crouch's header before it, but our rehabilitated striker still had plenty to do and the way he guided it back across goal and past Mart Poom suggested a man whose predatory instincts remain undulled by a long period on the sidelines.

Also getting in on the act for his country was Steven Taylor, who grabbed the third in Tuesday's 5-0 U21 rout of the Estonians. His primary responsibility may be to keep them out at the other end, but let's just hope he can retain his newly-discovered goalscoring touch in the coming season.


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