Michael Owen feels like a 21-year-old again - and he is convinced his move to Manchester United will get him back into the England squad.
After a difficult year at Real Madrid, followed by four tortuous seasons with Newcastle, Owen is ready to relaunch himself on the greatest stage after jumping at the opportunity to join Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
"I have never given up on England," said Owen. "I have been in every preliminary squad before it is pared down. I have had a letter every time. I know from that the manager is keeping an eye on me."
To outsiders, the move to Old Trafford was stunning, resurrecting a career that appeared to be heading for the buffers. Even to Owen it was an unexpected development.
But there is no disguising the enthusiasm now coursing through his veins as he looks ahead to a campaign that will see United attempt to become the first club in English history to win four consecutive league championships.
"I feel like I did eight years ago," he continued. "There are so many players on my wavelength - world-class players. I just know this move is going to be fantastic for me.
"When you sign for Manchester United there are that many things you think about; the players alongside you, playing at Old Trafford, the men who are going to create chances for you.
"Then you wake up the following morning and realise you could win the league or the Champions League.
"It just goes on and on. It is a very exciting prospect."
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