Date: 16th June 2006 at 11:33am
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Michael Owen says he wouldn’t object to being dropped for the match against Sweden.

With Peter Crouch on the scoresheet against Paraguay and Man Utd sensation Wayne Rooney fit and available again, Owen – short of his best after recovering from a broken metatarsal – could miss out.

Owen: ‘I’m not worried. If I’m sat on the bench, I’m sat on the bench. I’ve been on the bench in my career before.

‘If the manager thinks that is the right thing, then he’ll obviously do it. That’s football. We’ve got 23 players and if I’m on the bench then so be it.’