Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has met striker Michael Owen face-to-face for the first time since his appointment.

It is understood the pair held talks at the England B team hotel on Wednesday evening as Owen prepared for the friendly against Albania at Turf Moor.

Allardyce interrupted his holiday to talk to Owen, whose future on Tyneside has been the topic of intense speculation in recent weeks, and midfielder Kieron Dyer.

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