Speaking on the Clare Balding Show on BT
Owen, 33, discussed his retirement in depth, suggesting he could have probably retired sooner. “I knew for quite a while,” he said. “But probably a few months before that and even a year before that you’re thinking is it the right time?
“I got to where I wanted to be as a player, I just wasn’t there long enough for my liking. Having felt what it’s like at the top and then feeling yourself getting worse, it’s painful. It kills you.”
The former Manchester United and Liverpool forward announced his retirement towards the end of last season, finishing his career at Stoke City. Owen had voiced his frustration at his lack of first-team opportunities on numerous occasions via his Twitter page whilst at the Potters.
The England international has stayed in touch with the game since retiring as a player, by becoming a commentator for BT Sport.
Owen has remained opinionated and has spoke out about the World Cup in Qatar 2022 being moved to the winter: “I don’t think they’ve got any other option but to put it into the winter. It’s going to mess up football around the world for a season but I don’t think you have any option.”
And Owen had some choice words for frequent Twitter foe Piers Morgan, explaining why Morgan is one troll he can’t ignore: