Owen in Boots

Michael Owen has slipped into his football boots for the first time this year. He trained under the supervision of Toon physio Derek Wright. Good news for Newcastle and England fans alike.

However, let's not start planning the victory parade just yet: Owen's injury problems are depressingly similar to David Beckham's before the last World Cup - Beckham wasn't 100% fit in Korea/Japan and there's no way Owen will be fully match-fit in time for Germany, even if he has played a couple of club games before the end of the Prem season. Darren Bent, get packing.