In a friendly win against Austria, England's striker Michael Owen was injured after straining his hamstring. This injury put a dent in England's hopes to qualify for the Euro 2008 tournament even after Israel beating the Russians in a beautiful game in which Israel played a counter attack style of the game to beat Russia which gave would help England to qualify.
It is very noticeable that Michael Owen has been injured many times in recent years and that has made him ineffective for both of his teams, England national team and his club, New Castle United. His Absence last world cup cost England the world cup , his continuous injuries has put New Castle United in a bad spot of the table as they have striking problem, and now with his new injury, England is going to play without one of their strikers against Croatia.
Injuries do happen and Michael Owen is not at fault, he is the victim. But other victims are New Castle United and England national team, who invested heavily in him only they keep finding out he can't live up to expectation due to his injuries.
England needs at least one point against Croatia. That is not hard to achieve. Without Owen, they should play with more defense in mind, contain the game and have more ball possession. So if you are England fan, there is still hope. So buy your England Soccer Jersey from our sponsor website, Soccer Nation and support your team to qualify to Euro 2008.