Match report: Southampton 1-1 Stoke

Michael Owen called time on his career today but there was to be no fairy-tale ending, as Stoke were held to a draw at Southampton

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Stoke City striker, Michael Owen has announced his retirement from professional football. Here's a rundown of his sporting career

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'Right time to bring curtain down on my career', says Michael Owen

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.

– Michael Owen, Stoke City striker

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Owen's Stoke return on hold

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Michael Owen has struggled with groin and hamstring niggles Credit: PA

Michael Owen's hopes of receiving a welcome birthday present from Stoke manager Tony Pulis have been put on hold.

Owen declared himself "raring to go" after coming through 70 minutes of a friendly on Tuesday in a bid to step up his fitness after struggling with groin and hamstring niggles.

The former England striker's 33rd birthday is tomorrow, but Pulis says Owen still needs at least another week of fitness work and another reserve outing before he can be thrown into the first team.

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