Today, one of the finest talents England has ever produced announced his retirement from the professional game. Indeed ex-Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has been a great servant to the Premier League and the Stoke City striker is bowing out of the game, aged 33 after the Chester-born forward broke through the Liverpool academy ranks way back in 1996.
Enduring a latter career that was littered with injuries, Owen can look back at an intriguing career that took him from Anfield to foreign shores at Real Madrid before returning to England with Newcastle United before a highly controversial move to Manchester United and then onto the Britannia Stadium, Stoke City to see out his playing days.
The one-time ‘boy wonder’ bows out of professional football having scored 163 domestic league goals while figuring 89 times for his country, scoring 40 times for the Three Lions, including that goal against Argentina in Saint-Étienne during World Cup 1998 in France.
Punters in the Football Transfer Tavern have taken a moment to reflect back on Owen’s career and a few pints are being raised to one of England’s great exports.
Take a look at the video below to take a stroll down memory lane and click on the picture of the little man himself to launch the gallery of his distinctive career.