Euro 2012 qual. - Owen gives up on England recall
He was quoted in The Guardian as saying: "I was disappointed for the first squad I missed, a little bit less for the next one and after about three or four times, I didn't really expect to see my name."
He added: "For the first couple of squads I looked at the players [named] and looked at what I had done. For the last dozen squads, I haven't looked. I don't even think about [being picked] now. Honestly.
"It's sad, really. If I keep getting up for something, then [find out] I am not in, I am just kidding myself."
At the peak of his powers, Owen, who has 40 international goals to his name, was widely expected to overtake the England record of 49 held by Sir Bobby Charlton, but it is an ambition the former Liverpool striker has abandoned.
Owen said: "I am not going to kid myself. Every time I saw him I was 'closing on your record, Sir Bobby'.
"Now I just see him for who he is: a great man."