Michael Owen Will Play On
Despite his release by Manchester United today, the England international and Wunderkind Michael Owen isn’t planning on hanging up his boots any time soon.
May 17th, 2012
According to the announcement made over Twitter, the 32 year-old striker was informed during a recent testimonial match that he wouldn’t be offered a new deal with the Red Devils when his current three-year contract expires. Owen had been paid per game in which he appeared; a calculated risk made by his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson which benefited both parties thanks to his final record of 17 goals in 52 appearances meaning almost a goal every three games.
Speaking to Sky Sports News earlier today, Owen defied the critics by adding that dropping down a tier in order to remain a goal-scoring threat wasn’t something he would consider contemplating.
“The Championship is not an option,” he said. “I’d like to think I haven’t lost the ability to score goals at the highest level. I may look further afield.”
Further afield is where he truly made his name, as his international career sparkled with a quality that he’ll be hoping to return to. Although injuries have prevented him from playing for the England side since 2008 (last scoring the year before), Owen is currently the only English player ever to have scored at four major international tournaments, with goals at the World Cups of 1998 and 2002, and Euros 2000 and 2004. His appearance in three World Cups also puts him amongst England’s elite, but it’s surely the first one at which he appeared with more than a bang as he scored one of the most memorable goals in English international history, against Argentina at France ’98.
His unfortunate run of injuries has prevented him from making another England appearance since Fabio Capello’s declaration that he needed to play more club games to stand a chance, but with the Liverpool legend only ten goals away from breaking the English record, it’s hoped that he’ll be able to find the right club at which to state his case for a return.