Former England striker Owen announces retirement

Michael Owen, Stoke City’s former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United and England striker, has announced he is to retire at the end of the season, the BBC has reported.

Owen, who also played for Newcastle in a professional career dating back to the mid-1990s, won 89 caps for the national team and scored 40 goals, captaining England on a regular basis under Sven Goran-Eriksson.

In a statement on his official website, Owen said: “It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire. I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey I could only have dreamed of.

Owen rose to prominence as a young player with Liverpool, scoring on his Reds debut against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in 1997 and travelling as an 18-year-old to the 1998 World Cup under Glenn Hoddle, scoring a memorable goal in the quarter-final against Argentina.

Named European Footballer of the Year in 2001, 33-year-old Owen also won the Premier League, FA Cup, three League Cups and the UEFA Cup, scoring 220 goals in his career. This season he has one goal in seven games for the Potters.

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