Michael Owen will retire at the end of the season

Just days before an England double header, Michael Owen has confirmed he will finish his playing days at the end of this season.

Michael Owen will retire at the end of the season

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March 19th, 2013

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Owen is currently on the books at Stoke City although the Potters will be his final club as a player, with the 33-year-old deciding to call time on a career that has seen him earn 89 caps while playing for the Three Lions.

The striker began his career at Liverpool FC where he enjoyed his best form as a youngster, while he managed to bag an outstanding 40 goals in his 89 games for England, including a hat-trick during a 5-1 demolition of Germany in Munich.

Owen said on his website: “It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from Professional Football at the end of this season.

“Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career.”

The tributes poured in for Owen, with Glenn Hoddle leading the way. “He is in the top four of our greatest ever finishers, along with Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer. Some might say he is at the top of that list. He was a baby-faced assassin. His finishing was amazing for a young man. He had that coolness in the penalty box. Some players get anxious but he seemed to get calmer and calmer.”

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