Man Utd striker not thinking about World Cup

Owen scored in United’s Carling Cup Final victory over Aston Villa on Sunday, in front of England boss Fabio Capello.

Owen went off injured before half-time.

He said: “It was great to win, great to score, great to play a part, just soured by getting a hamstring injury.

“It’s the first injury I have had since I have been at United but it’s been a good day.

“I didn’t think about who was watching. I know a lot of people have been getting their knickers in a twist about me being in South Africa.

“I just want to play well for Manchester United.

“If I go to the World Cup then great. If I don’t, it gives someone else a chance.”