Former England striker Michael Owen has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season. Owen, 33, confirmed the announcement on his official website and said it is the “right time to bring the curtain down on my career”.
Owen scored 40 times in 89 England appearances, including a memorable solo goal from the halfway line in a World Cup knockout match against Argentina that announced him on the world stage as a precocious teenager.
The former Liverpool hero has struggled in recent terms through injuries and has failed to make any impact at Stoke City, scoring one goal in seven first-team starts. But he former Ballon d’Or winner will reflect back on his glorious career with spells at Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Stoke City, as well as a successful England career.