London: Michael Owen has been backed to become England`s all-time top goal scorer.
Owen stands nine goals behind Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton but has been out of national boss Fabio Capello`s plans for 17 months.
Man U veteran Ryan Giggs, however, is convinced that Owen`s move to Old Trafford will revive his fortunes with the Three Lions and lead to him breaking that long-standing record.
"Coming here has given him a new lease of life, especially as we are a team who make a lot of chances. He`ll be confident of putting them away. I`m sure if he is playing and scoring for United then the rest will come. Sir Bobby`s record has proved a difficult one for anyone to overhaul," a daily quoted Giggs, as saying.
"But looking at Michael`s ratio of goals and games for England you`d have to say if he plays another 15 internationals he`ll probably overtake it," he added.
Owen, 29, has 40 goals in 89 caps but last scored for his country on September 12, 2007 when he hit a brace in the 3-0 win over Russia. He stands behind Jimmy Greaves who is on 44, Gary Lineker on 48 and then Charlton.