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Hargreaves 'blocking out' transfer saga

Owen Hargreaves is determined to block out the disappointment of not signing for Manchester United and will concentrate on keeping his place in the England side.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was a key performer in England's 5-0 win over Andorra in their opening European Championship qualifier at Old Trafford.

Hargreaves had his heart set on playing at the same venue on a regular basis for the Red Devils only for Bayern to dig their heels in and insist he stays in Germany.

Now Hargreaves is looking forward rather than back and will have to wait until at least January before any possible move to United can be reactivated.

He said: 'The topic of the transfer has been and gone. There is nothing really to say.

'I've tried to block out the saga of last the few weeks and concentrate on playing football. That's my job.

'There was a lot of talk but a deal didn't happen and that's the way it is. My job is to focus now on getting six points for England from these two games with Andorra and Macedonia on Wednesday.

'The first three points are in the bag. We've got a big game in Macedonia and then I'll get back to Bayern Munich and the start of the Champions League games.

'What happens at Bayern? I'll be there on Thursday and then I'll take what happens then. At the moment I'm enjoying being here with the England lads.

'Could there be a possible move in January? God knows. It is not down to me. I am just enjoying myself with England. After this I will focus on the coming games with Bayern.'

Being away with England has been ideal therapy for Hargreaves, who had his heart set on a move to the Premiership after nine years with Bayern.

And he believes England have found a way of getting the best out of their players under Steve McClaren.

He said: 'I enjoy being away with England. There is a great atmosphere in the camp and they are a good group of lads. The atmosphere at your club and with the national team is completely different.

'At times before we tried to accommodate everyone but it is tough when you have so many talented players.

'You want to have all those players on the pitch but now we have found a structure that has worked well in these games with Greece and Andorra and hopefully we can continue.'

Hargreaves was one of England's few success stories of the World Cup under Sven-Goran Eriksson and has become a pivotal performer.

He said: 'You need to get opportunities to play and take them when you can. We've got balance all across the squad. When you get a chance you need to take it because there are plenty of players behind you looking to take the chances as well.

'My job is to get stuck in and win tackles, get the ball back, protect the back four and so far it has worked very well.

'Against Andorra it was important we got no yellow cards, kept a clean sheet and no-one got injured. That was the most positive thing.'