I'm really beginning to believe that losing Rooney may be a blessing in disguise.
For years England have had an unbelievably talented midfield that is almost unplayable because it has 4 of the greatest attacking midfielders in the world: Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard & Joe Cole.
Losing Rooney means England now only have very limited striking roles and the likelihood is that Owen will start as a lone striker.
Which means we can finally play the 4 behind him, with either Gerrard or Lampard pushing up to support Owen.
All we need is a great holding midfielder to balance having 4 attacking midfielders. I always thought it would be Ledley King but with his injury lets try Michael Carrick.
So... my England team:
In 4-5-1 formation:
Jamie Carragher (way in front of either Rio Ferdinand or Sol Campbell)
Michael Carrick (in the holding role)
Steven Gerrard (pushing up to play as practically a second striker)
Then after 55 or 60 minutes, throw Peter Crouch on to seriously throw the defense into turmoil.
Just my luck if Rooney makes a full recovery now.