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Neville backs Owen for England recall

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Gary Neville believes Michael Owen's move to Manchester United can rekindle his England career.

The striker, who joined United from Newcastle this summer, has found himself frozen out of the international picture under Fabio Capello.

But Neville said: "Anyone who plays for United over a season has a great chance of getting into an international team, no matter whether it be England or any other country."

He added: "It's a hard club to play for and if you're playing well and doing well then you have a great chance.

"I don't think Michael moved to United for England. He's moved to improve Manchester United. But the opportunity is there for him."

The defender is also harbouring hopes of an England return ahead of the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.

Neville has endured a miserable time with injuries over the past couple of years but was recalled to the England squad for last month's qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra.

The 34-year-old continued: "I have an opportunity. There's still a long way to go for anyone who thinks they can be in the squad.

"I like playing for England and want to be there. It's frustrating not winning anything with England and not getting to finals but there's still a chance there for me."

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