It looks like the specially arranged Turf Moor England 'B` friendly against Albania has gone down like the mackems with 15 points with Glenn Roeder. With the game supposed to be a warm up for England`s Michael Owen, the boss has come out with a few words in Steve McClaren`s shell:
"I would be very surprised. It would be a little bit like the reason I did not play Michael Owen in a reserve game - he did not need to play in a reserve game before playing for the first team. Does Michael Owen need to play for England B before he puts on the England shirt again? I would say no. That would not be my decision, but I would be surprised and I would not want him to play an England B game. I do not think it is necessary for him to have to play in the B game, personally. Training sessions will be more than enough.'