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
Stoke City striker, Michael Owen has announced his retirement from professional football. Here's a rundown of his sporting career
Owen will be available for selection ahead of Stoke's next fixture, which sees champions Manchester City visit the Britannia Stadium.
– Michael Owen, Stoke City striker
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.
Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has announced he will retire from professional football at the end of the season.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has stressed he wants to see Michael Owen remain with the club for the rest of the season.
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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.
Michael Owen is now "desperate" for his Stoke career to take off after making the briefest of debuts for his new club against Manchester City yesterday (16 September).
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Tony Pulis has been talking about Michael Owen's move to the Britannia Stadium.
Owen signed a one year contract earlier this month, and has been working on his fitness at Stoke's training ground.
Michael Owen says he is fit and ready to play for Stoke City.
Speaking at his first press conference since signing for the club, Owen says he is keen to return to action as soon as possible.