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Can psychedelic drugs be used in the treatment of mental illness?

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first_imgPsychedelic drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), psilocybin and ketamine have been rediscovered by researchers in neuroscience and psychiatry. A recent review in the Journal of Psychopharmacology highlights the distinct therapeutic effects of psychedelics, as well as the current re-evaluation of their use in the treatment of addiction, anxiety in terminally ill patients, depression, cluster headaches and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).A psychedelic drug is a psychoactive drug whose primary action is to alter cognition and perception. Since the discovery of LSD in 1943, psychedelic drugs have been of major scientific interest. Despite clinical psychedelic research coming to a standstill in the mid-1970s (due to regulatory restrictions), an increase in methodological quality standards, neurobiological method and neuroimaging, as well as interest in the interest of the neurosciences in subjective experience, has meant a re-emergence of interest.The review by Tomislav Majić (Charité University Medicine, Berlin), Timo Schmidt (Free University Berlin) and Jürgen Gallinat  (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), looked at current clinical research and re-evaluated former and recent concepts of where and how psychedelic substances exert their therapeutic effects. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email Pinterestcenter_img LinkedIn Share Key findings included that ketamine is effective in the treatment of substance addiction, both through the psychedelic experiences and it’s enhancing of personal meaning and spiritual significance. Ketamine has also been used to produce short-term anti-depressive effects in major depression and bipolar disorder, through its altering of perception (It has also been proposed as a treatment option for affective disorders based on its pharmacological effects).LSD has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of alcohol abuse when used in combination with therapy.Psilocybin, the main component of so-called magic mushrooms, has been recently shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety in cancer patients, not by reducing pain, but by inducing feelings of strengthened rapport and relationships with close relatives and friends. Recent research has also highlighted the therapeutic use of LSD and psilocybin in treating cluster headaches. Interestingly, it was reported that the therapeutic effects appear to be completely independent of the psychedelic experience.The review reported converging evidence suggesting that serotonergic neurotransmission plays a key role in the mechanism of these psychedelic drugs – the neurotransmitter serotonin is thought to play an important role in the brain relating to mood, anxiety and happiness.The findings of the review concluded that psychedelic drugs are unique in the sense that they: have neurochemical and pharmacodynamics effects (e.g. in the treatment of depression and possibly OCD); support various types of psychotherapy (e.g. in the treatment of terminal illness); can be used to treat headaches or other pain syndromes; and they often result in spiritual experiences through which they can assist in therapy (e.g. in the treatment of substance addiction). Furthermore, in contrast to traditional psychiatric drugs, they are only to be taken once or a few times.The review highlights the potential for psychedelic drugs to be used in clinical settings, although more research is required to develop a deeper understanding of their therapeutic effects and how they work.last_img read more

WTO: Members’ Development Status (Part I)

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first_imgWTO: Divisive Development Status DebateBy Elizabeth Morgan The General Council (GC) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the highest body outside of the Ministerial Conference, met October 15-16. This was the first opportunity to consider the US Presidential Memorandum on Reforming Developing Country Status in the WTO issued in July. Issues related to WTO…October 24, 2019In “Business”WTO: Members’ Development Status (Part III): Implications for CARICOM MembersWhen the World Trade Organization (WTO) resumes work shortly, the Members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), like others, will need to be prepared to address the issues on WTO reform which include proposals on special and differential treatment (S&DT) and differentiation/graduation. In addition, preparations will commence for the 12th WTO…September 4, 2019In “CARICOM”WTO: Members’ Development Status (Part II)By Elizabeth Morgan The developed members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) were ready to launch a new round of multilateral trade negotiations at the first WTO Ministerial Conference (MC 1) held in Singapore in 1996, two (2) years after the conclusion of the GATT Uruguay Round (UR). This proposal…August 28, 2019In “Featured”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… Sep 16, 2020 Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates Oct 14, 2020 By Elizabeth Morgan The development status of members, i.e. whether they are designated developed, developing or least developed countries (LDCs), has now become a contentious issue at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Note that all WTO Members are not countries. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) are customs territories as they are not recognized sovereign states. The development designation of a country or territory at the WTO is important as it determines whether they can utilize various development flexibilities, called “special and differential treatment (S&DT)”, contained in the WTO Multilateral Trade Agreements or benefit from unilateral, one way preferential market access programmes, such as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), offered by developed countries. The WTO, with 164 Members, follows the system of development designation which applies at the United Nations (UN). Countries self-select whether they are developed or developing. Developed countries are primarily about 31 rich, industrialized countries who are integrated into the world’s financial and trading systems. The developing countries (over 100) are in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1971, arising from discussions about the plight of the poorest countries, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2768 on the identification of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).  From this, there is now a formal category of 47 LDCs, which are mainly in Africa and Asia/Pacific. There is only one LDC, Haiti, in Latin America and the Caribbean. Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance center_img Over the years, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), first held in 1964, sought to introduce sub-categories of small island developing countries, land-locked developing countries, and countries in transition (formerly centrally planned economies). By 2000s, in economic institutions, there was increasing reference to certain countries as “emerging economies”, meaning they were advancing in development based on per capita income, GDP growth, export performance and integration into global finance. This signaled that a discussion on differentiation, i.e. excluding some developing countries from S&DT, would gain momentum at the WTO. Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT) To understand the current WTO discussion on development status (differentiation) and the implications for countries in the Caribbean, requires a summary of the origin of S&DT at GATT/WTO. There were twenty-three (23) signatories to the 1947 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). At that time, development was not such an issue. However, in the 1950s, more independent former colonies joined the GATT along with countries from Latin America. Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica joined in 1962 and 1963 respectively. There was growing emphasis on the link between trade and development and the disadvantages experienced by these less developed countries. This concern led the GATT to negotiate and adopt, in 1964, a new chapter on Trade and Development. This Chapter recognized that developing countries should be allowed to use special measures to promote trade and development. It enabled the application of S&DT and instituted the principle of non-reciprocity meaning that developing countries would not be required to reciprocate in opening their markets to developed countries in GATT trade negotiations. The GSP was initiated and adopted in UNCTAD in 1970. GSP granted S&DT allowing developed countries to offer to developing countries unilateral, one way market access through tariff reductions on a range of products. During the GATT Tokyo Round of Negotiations (1973-1979), the “Enabling Clause” was adopted giving a permanent most favoured nation (MFN) waiver to the GSP. By the GATT Uruguay Round (1986-1994), more developing countries were in the GATT and more issues of interest to them were being negotiated. It was recognized that developing countries still needed S&DT which is reflected in the Agreements. But, it was already threatened. Under the new WTO, the Doha Round was launched and should have been a development round focusing on the concerns of developing countries. It was here that the challenge to S&DT commenced in earnest. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 1, 2020 What has been CARICOM’s Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda? Oct 7, 2020 Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… last_img read more

Aurora sponsors rowing challenge

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first_imgAbrahams is Australia’s long distance rowing world record holder and on December 2, 2013 he will take part in one of the world’s toughest nautical challenges.Adventure 4 a Cure – Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge Solo Row 2013 will see Abrahams attempt to row across 5,000 km (3,000 nautical miles) from San Sebastian De La Gomera in the Canary Islands across to English Harbour, Antigua to raise USD500,000 for disadvantaged children. In the process, Abrahams will have to overcome harsh weather conditions and be completed self-sufficient while at sea. Jason Roberts, director of Aurora Global Logistics, said: “Aurora is thrilled to be a part of Andrew’s quest to raise money for a very worthy cause and feels honoured to be a part of something so humbling and exciting.  Aurora has become a key sponsor, as we felt it was a wonderful opportunity to see Andrew become the fastest Australian to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.”www.auroralogistics.comlast_img read more

Kroos scores late, gives Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

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first_imgKroos lined up for a free kick as if he was going for goal but just tapped the ball to Reus, who held it with his toe as the defenders paused. Kroos swung his right foot, curling the ball past a spinning Sebastian Larsson and over the outstretched hand of diving goalkeeper Robin Olsen.The Swedes watched the ball go in, mouths open in disbelief.The Germans ran to Kroos and erupted in emotional relief.“Happy of course. It was a tough game again today for us,” Kroos said. “We suffered. … If you don’t score an early goal and we have the chances then it’s going to be difficult until the end. It was, but now of course we’re happy because I think we also deserved the victory.”Coming off an opening loss to Mexico, Germany fell behind again when Kroos’ early mistake led to Ola Toivonen’s goal in the 32nd minute. Reus equalized in the 48th. A point for a draw would have been enough to stay alive for the knockout stage, but the Germans would have needed help on the final day.Now Germany has some control of what happens. Mexico leads Group F with six points, and Germany and Sweden both have three. Mexico faces Sweden and Germany takes on winless South Korea in the final group matches.“Of course this was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up until the final whistle,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.Crazy as it seems, all four teams still have a chance to advance on the final day.“There’s nothing strange to get ready for that match,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify.”For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if it would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third straight defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage. They played the final 10 minutes without Boateng.Toivonen gave Sweden the lead, but Germany controlled every aspect by playing aggressive and attacking soccer. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for almost the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off.“Something that I did appreciate today was that we didn’t lose our nerve, we didn’t panic after going down after conceding a goal,” Loew said. “We kept a level head.”Reus scored to pull Germany even, finishing Timo Werner’s cross that was tapped by halftime substitute Mario Gomez and caused the ball to pop up perfectly for Reus to finish with his leg.Olsen made a major save by stopping Gomez’s header in the 88th minute and Julian Brandt hit the post in the 90th, but he had no chance at Kroos’ strike.“This is probably heaviest conclusion that I’ve experienced in my career,” Andersson said. (AP) Sweden’s Viktor Claesson (left) challenges Germany’s Toni Kroos during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Saturday, June 23 (Sunday in Manila). AP SOCHI, Russia – The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area.With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a tricky set play from training that will live in World Cup lore.Down to 10 men after Jerome Boateng was given a second yellow card, Germany rallied for a 2-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday to suddenly revive its title defense thanks to a strike from Kroos that caught the Swedes by surprise and won’t soon be forgotten in Germany.“The fact Toni Kroos put it away is just incredible,” Reus said. “He’s shown that talent on previous occasions but really in this case it was practically the very last opportunity to win this match.”last_img read more

Rohr, 25 Super Eagles players honour Keshi at second memorial lecture

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first_imgSuper Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, led no fewer than 25 players in the team’’ camp in Asaba to the 2nd Stephen Keshi Memorial Lecture held in the Delta capital on Friday.Keshi died in June 2017 and the memorial lecture was instituted by the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers.The eagles are currently camping in Asaba ahead of the friendly match with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Saturday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.Rohr, at the sideline of the event, lauded the qualities of late Keshi and told newsmen that he (Keshi) made a mark in Nigerian football and abroad, as a player and a coach.He expressed delight that the lecture held at a time when the Eagles were camping in Asaba ahead of the African Nations Cup tournament beginning on June 21 in Egypt, and for a friendly match with Zimbabwe in Asaba.“I commend the association of professional footballers for keeping a date with Keshi. Such association is necessary to seek the welfare of members after retirement from active play.“It is important that I bring all the players here as a mark of respect and honour to Keshi,’’ Rohr said.The Chairman, Delta Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, said that the lecture was to expose the younger generation to the times and achievements of Keshi, which made the state government name Asaba Township Stadium after him.He said the lecture was a pointer to the fact that all players must prepare for life after football, adding that it may be challenging to those who failed to prepare for their future.According to him, like Keshi, the footballers must be dedicated, be objective and have a clear vision of what legacies they will leave behind.“Keshi started as a footballer, became the captain of the team, and later a coach of the Super Eagles, which he played for.’’On his part, General Secretary of NANF, Austin Popo, said the occasion was to keep alive the legacies and memory of Keshi.He said that the lecture was among the promises the new leadership made after their election in 2018 to reposition the players’ union to truly represent and promote players’ right and interest in Africa and the world.“The annual Stephen Keshi memorial lecture and the youth football tournament is one of such programmes.“We are already discussing plans on how both bodies can make the second edition of the Stephen Keshi U-17 and U-21 national football tournament a success, with Delta government providing support,’’ he said.Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean team comprising 25 players and eight technical crew arrived at the Hampton Hotel, Asaba, on Friday at about 11.30 am for the Saturday encounter.According to the Zimbabwean Coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, the team is here to play and learn from the more experienced Nigerian Super Eagles.The theme of the memorial lecture is “Life after Football: What Does the Country Owe Our Ex-Internationals?”last_img read more

Reports: John Chavis leaves LSU for Texas A&M

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first_imgJohn Chavis is leaving his position at LSU as defensive coordinator to take the same position at Texas A&M, according to several media reports.Chavis, 58, has been LSU’s defensive coordinator since 2009. He had previously been at Tennessee from 1989 to 2009.Chavis is in line for a larger salary at Texas A&M. The Aggies will reportedly pay him $1.7 million per season. LSU had offered him a three-year, $4 million contract.His LSU defense in 2014 ended the regular season atop the SEC’s total defense category. During his time in Baton Rouge, he produced seven first-team All-Americans on defense at LSU and was the 2011 Broyles National Assistant Coach of the Year.last_img read more

Scarcity value gives Owen an England future to go with glittering past

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first_img Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Facebook Share Report Share via Email Shares00 | Pick Lack of fitness and shortage of goals gave Fabio Capello reason enough to park Michael Owen on the bench for England’s friendly with Switzerland last week. If the Newcastle United captain resents the demotion, it can be only because he feels that scarcity value alone should make him precious. Where else will the national team find a striker who specialises in scoring?Capello was wholly within his rights to sideline Owen but the fact that the Italian included him in the squad at all showed a consciousness of the uncommon talent that lurks within the forward. With everything going wrong at Newcastle, Owen has still scored as if he cannot help himself. He traded in his pace for strength long ago, does not possess hardiness and has no one to ply him with chances, yet he struck against Middlesbrough and Aston Villa. Few others know how to be alone at the near post in a bustling penalty area.The 28-year-old cannot be discarded entirely by Capello when he is unique among Englishmen. Even that statement undervalues Owen. Strikers of any nationality who guarantee impact in the goalmouth are rare. It is a craft that might almost be dying out. Manchester United, for instance, are the epitome of the modern side, with an ability to release people into the penalty area from deep positions, but they no longer have a predator like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Andrew Cole.It showed when they were beaten in the derby match on Sunday, when City were secure in defence thanks to Micah Richards and Richard Dunne. United’s goal in the 2-1 defeat came too late to matter, from the substitute midfielder Michael Carrick. Some of the losers’ tameness was blamed on the suspension of Wayne Rooney. He might have helped but could have done so as a genuine centre-forward only if he had stifled his inclination to break from midfield.That self-sacrifice had been made for England four days earlier and might well be demanded of him in future. Capello, with the debatable exception of Rooney, has no outright strikers. It looked briefly as if Reading’s Dave Kitson might make the England squad, which would have been extraordinary for a player who did not arrive in the top flight until he was 26. In view of the alternatives there would have been nothing unreasonable about his inclusion.That, all the same, reflects a dwindling of resources. It can be measured in the changes to the England squad in modern times. Say what you will about their actual worth to Sven-Goran Eriksson at the 2002 World Cup finals, but the head coach had the luxury of including a quintet of forwards in Owen, Teddy Sheringham, Robbie Fowler, Emile Heskey and Darius Vassell.Four years later the options had shrunk to such an extent that the Swede’s pen came to a halt as soon as he had jotted down the names of Owen, Rooney and Peter Crouch. The addition of the then 17-year-old Theo Walcott was a gesture of despair more than idealism. Eriksson could not bring himself to ferry, say, Jermain Defoe or Darren Bent to Germany.This is not an exclusively English problem and in the rich Premier League the dearth is partly disguised by the acquisition of overseas talent. Liverpool, for instance, mustered £26.5m for Fernando Torres. One could sense the lengths to which clubs have to go when Chelsea met the full £15m valuation placed by Bolton on Nicolas Anelka, a great talent who set his career on the wrong course with that insistence on leaving Arsenal when he was 20.At Stamford Bridge Avram Grant also has in the £24m Didier Drogba a forward who is an extraordinary assemblage of power, speed and deftness. Arsenal, for their part, might not be topping the Premier League without the acquisition of Emmanuel Adebayor. Tottenham can console themselves that a vast fee will be due for Dimitar Berbatov if he does insist on leaving.Manchester United, with Louis Saha regularly injured, sometimes feel the lack of a true spearhead and there must be moments when the split that saw Ruud van Nistelrooy head for Real Madrid is rued. As Sir Alex Ferguson knows, prolific forwards are scarce. Such is the dearth that Middlesbrough, for instance, had to find £12.7m to secure Afonso Alves, despite the dread that, as the case history of Mateja Kezman illustrated, a prolific record in Holland can peter out in England.In all the emphasis that modern coaching puts on attacks from deep positions, in which players such as Thierry Henry and now Cristiano Ronaldo have thrived, we have ceased to nurture individuals who burst into life in the thick of the goalmouth. Capello will suffer for the lack of them, barring an upsurge in Owen’s fortunes. @invain re. Little and Large partnerships – Owen has never had any sort of lasting partnership? Heskey would arguably be the closest in terms of international “success”, however how successful were they at Liverpool? Owen played alongside Fowler at Liverpool, arguably as good a pair of front players as anyone has mustered but they were never a “partnership”. Share C,mon folks ….Owen maybe England class just now, but you ain,t going to the European championships and correct me if i am wrong you ain,t qualified for the next world cup yet… Think about it…jock t cock. Report Email (optional) Twitter If Chelsea bought Owen I’d be cursing their scouts for buying has beens.give yoof a chance. Develop others. Facebook Share on Pinterest “With everything going wrong at Newcastle, Owen has still scored as if he cannot help himself.”Really? 1 goal in 15 games before the last two which you mentioned? You’re right, seems like he can’t help himself very well. He’s not in the squad cos he’s good, he’s in the squad cos there is nobody else. And yes, I would still have him on the bench for England, despite his season, his lack of pace, his confidence being shot for 4 years now, and his dodgy diving habits. He does have the nous at least. Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter 0 1 pierrelemer 0 1 25 Share on Twitter arsetechfooty 12 Feb 2008 17:44 12 Feb 2008 17:29 Report Facebook unthreaded All Share on Messenger Facebook 4 Mon 11 Feb 2008 22.14 EST 12 Feb 2008 16:25 50 Report Soccer Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Reply 0 1 Facebook nebalt 12 Feb 2008 17:28 Twitter | Pick Order by oldest Twitter In agreeance. Capello may prefer a burly central man as part of a 4 5 1 such as Rooney or Crouch however. Although England scored two goals from midfield, i cant imagine Jermaine Jenas always being on hand to appear in the box in the future. So Owen for me remains the first choice forward. Share on Twitter recommendations Share 0 1 Report Reply Esposito 0 1 Share Report 12 Feb 2008 17:39 0 1 0 1 Defoe has scored 3 goals in 24 caps for England. But he has only started 7 games. I don’t think he has ever been given a proper chance by England or Spurs. (Picking Walcott ahead of him at the last World Cup was a disgrace). We’ll have to see what he does at Pompey but he seems to me that on his day he is one of the few English goalscorers who shows international class. | Pick Owen is suffering from the demise of Little&Large strike partnerships. Killed by 4-3-3 and 4-5-1. Their day has gone. So, sadly, has his. Reply Report Report Facebook BrazilBranch Reply 1 Twitter 12 Feb 2008 16:43 Reply | Pick Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter mmm. Kevin. Surely, you jest. When Capello left Owen on the bench, I speculated that, after seeing Owen in training Capello thought, “what was I thinking!” Bless your little enthusiasm for tiny Mickey though.If you spent as much time away from work because of ill-health GU would have retired you by now. Little Mickey’s predictable love-in with injury should be enough to disqualify him. He’s 28 now, not 24. An athlete of that stature has a responsibility to be healthy a little more of the time. How Owen keeps getting umpteenth chances with such an overwhelming failure to deliver boggles the mind. But more seriously, surely defenses have changed the dynamic. Life is very tough for the goulmouth striker especially one who can’t hold the ball the up. Neither Drogba, Adebayor, Anelka, Berbatov, Torres,and Saha (which you mention for some reason) are strictly goalmouth strikers. And Ruud scores from all over the place at the Bernabeu too. Jermaine Defoe is your fox-in the-box if you must have one. Hopefully, his stint at Portsmouth will bring him into the reckoning because Owen’s been done for a while. There are signs that most smart managers see this now, why else would he continue to be stuck on Newcastle’s books? 0 1 Share Share on Facebook Share Share Report Share on Facebook Twitter pierrelemer 12 Feb 2008 15:20 12 Feb 2008 16:16 Report 12 Feb 2008 16:04 Perhaps it’s just me but weren’t we all talking, quite recently, about how lucky England were to have found a partnership that worked in Owen and Heskey? We all seem to forget so quickly. Also if we are going to play with ‘orthodox’ wingers in SW-P, Bentley, Cole, Young etc then surely we need someone, other than Rooney, to be in the box to convert chances? Facebook Report Reuse this content,View all comments > Reply Share Facebook Facebook For all of Owens ability as a predator I have doubts about his ability to play in systems other than 4 4 2. If Capello feels that another system than 4 4 2 is right for the team then I think he will be asking himself where Owen can play in that system. From the emotional point of view it would be a crying shame if Owen did not play a major role for England. I like him both for what he has achieved as a player and his personality. Lets hope that Capello settles for a 4-4-2 and then IMHO up front its a question of Owen and who else? But then the question comes where does Wayne Rooney fit in? Report Twitter Share Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Report | Pick Share 12 Feb 2008 15:49 Report fitba Facebook Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Facebook Yous all thinking hard ? Share on Facebook azphil kingmarv34 | Pick Share on Twitter Share Twitter First published on Mon 11 Feb 2008 22.14 EST Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Share Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook “…as the case history of Mateja Kezman illustrated, a prolific record in Holland can peter out in England.” Ditto Dirk Kuyt. There seems to be a cycle of speculation whenever Michael returns from injury about whether he is past it or not. This is usually ended by a period of goals in every game, followed by another frustrating injury. It would be nice for Michael if he could avoid further injury and actually show the public what he is capable of with a long run of games. Whether this can happen or not only Michael’s legs know. | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Kevin McCarra Share on Facebook 12 Feb 2008 11:20 Share View more comments Threads collapsed Share on Twitter fitba 12 Feb 2008 16:23 Facebook Share on Facebook 12 Feb 2008 10:38 Share on Twitter | Pick Report | Pick comments (106)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Twitter Share pantisocrates Facebook | Pick kingmarv34 Reply Share on Facebook 5 12 Feb 2008 13:01 newest Reply ammypam If he can get fit for any length of time, and I know it is an if, Owen is a proven, world class goalscorer.Why Capello would just disregard him from the off is not clear to me. Why alienate the only proven goalscorer at international level that England has?Capello is smart, goals pay the rent and Owen (and no-one else ) does his share for England.Nonetheless, I still think he should build the side around its best player, Rooney. Make Rooney captain and watch him go. 0 1 I find it hard to believe that we are still thinking in terms of Owen as an international-class striker. He never had a left foot to start with and his value was his acceleration which allowed him to beat the offside trap:now with hamstrings that twang like a banjo even th speed has gone. If KK can get £5m for him, he should do it now. 12 Feb 2008 17:48 Share on Twitter Toon27 Share Twitter Topics Reply Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other collapsed Facebook Report 12 Feb 2008 16:25 0 1 Reply Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Show 25 Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Facebook Report Soccer 12 Feb 2008 16:44 12 Feb 2008 16:43 Twitter 5 0 1 Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook crouchagol | Pick Reply Report Share Report 0 1 jazzyb 12 Feb 2008 16:25 I had high hopes for Dean Ashton as an old fashioned goalscoring centre forward but word from the Boleyn would appear to be that he’s now behind Carlton Cole on merit and that’s not necessarily because Cole’s that good. Another candidate in the great tradition of promising strikers who didn’t train on for England… Comments 106 1 Facebook comment Share 0 1 i think if most other strikers mentioned here – bent, defoe, johnson, ashton etc.. – were given 88 caps mostly as starts in a team desgined to create chances for them, then they would score goals as owen has done Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Report 0 1 Kevin I agreeOnly Owen, Crouch, Rooney are int class at the moment, if you assume one will be suspended or injured, them a 4-5-1 makes senseThe championing of Ashton beggers belief, no pace, injury prone, 2 stone overweight, and poor goalscoring record. Defoe ood goal scoring record has failed to impress at int levelJohnson, again has not one quality which can be enhanced at int level apart from faling overBent, cannot get into tottenham teamWalcott, needs experienceAganbonalor good player but is he a goal scorer of genuine regularity?Heskey experienced at int level, will follow instructions works well with Owen and I would expect with Rooney aswellKitson, please good club player but int class? 100 invain 12 Feb 2008 16:57 0 1 RedF Reply Share on LinkedIn Share Facebook Reply Sportblog Share via Email Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook Close report comment form | Pick Craggyisland Share on Twitter Reply 3 Maybe i have just woken on the wrong side of 2010 and yous have already blagged world cup……..jock t cock Reply | Pick Report | Pick 0 1 Share on Twitter 12 Feb 2008 17:42 0 1 12 Feb 2008 16:10 Report Share Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter expanded Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Facebook 0 1 Twitter Share on Facebook 2 Share on Facebook 12 Feb 2008 11:59 | Pick Twitter Kevinho8 Reply 12 Feb 2008 13:12 Twitter Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook Owen is suffering from loss of pace, skill and the ability to run.He is lucky to be on the bench for England. Share on Facebook | Pick Sportblog Reply | Pick Share 2 Reply Twitter 0 1 “Only Owen, Crouch, Rooney are int class at the moment, if you assume one will be suspended or injured, them a 4-5-1 makes sense”Crouch is not international class.Owen is an international class finisher, but can’t do anything else and so is too one-dimensional to get in the team.The best chance either of those two have of getting a game for England is if we need a goal in the last 15mins and they both get slung on as impact subs. Report fitba Twitter | Pick LeCoqSportif outofleftfield Most of his last few goals have been with his head. He’s not been that good with the chances where the ball as been on the floor. Missed a few that he wouldn’t have missed four years ago. Report Share on Facebook | Pick Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Scarcity value gives Owen an England future to go with glittering past Facebook 0 1 Twitter 12 Feb 2008 17:29 Twitter | Pick oldest Did anyone watch motd when it showed Owen taking on a defender and popping a shot just wide? That was the first time I’d seen him beat a player in god knows how long!Owens & Beckham exclusion is great for England. KeithNorris Twitter I can’t believe that no one has mentioned The Nuge. He has a 100% scoring record for England and the face of World War 2 soldier. Share Facebook Share Kevin, who do you think is a better value, Tevez at 25 million or Adebayor at four? Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 3 4 Share 29lh Reply | Pick Reason (optional) One other big big problem with Owen. His fitness. Report 0 1 Share on Twitterlast_img read more