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Michael Owen: Let's pray Schumacher pulls through

Former footballer Michael Owen has expressed his concern for Michael Schumacher after he sustained a head injury in a skiing accident.

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Shocking news regarding Michael Schumacher. Reports say he's had a second operation on his brain overnight. Let's pray he pulls through.

Michael Owen: 'Strange' to sleep in a bunk bed with PM

Footballer Michael Owen accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron to visit troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. He shared his experiences on Twitter.

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Just landed. Been to visit the troops in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. One of the most surreal experiences in my life meeting some real heros.

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Sleeping in a bunk bed with the Prime Minister was pretty strange too! Great trip and met some amazing people.

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Cameron and Owen visit troops in Afghanistan

Footballer Michael Owen accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron to visit troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Read: Cameron and Michael Owen visit troops in Helmand

Mr Cameron poses with Afghan Football Association officials Credit: REUTERS/Lefteris Pitarakis/Pool
Footballer Michael Owen accompanied the PM Credit: REUTERS/Lefteris Pitarakis/Pool
Prime Minister David Cameron helps himself to a breakfast Credit: REUTERS/Lefteris Pitarakis/Pool

Cameron and Michael Owen visit troops in Helmand

Footballer Michael Owen accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron to visit troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Michael Owen was in Helmand as part of a new joint initiative between the FA in England and Afghanistan to improve links and share skills.

Mr Cameron said the drawn down in Afghanistan was already taking place ahead of the 2014 deadline. He said:

"This is 2013, and as I have said, there will be no troops in a combat role after 2014. We made that promise and we are going to keep that promise."

Football pundits' mixed reactions to Di Canio's exit

Football pundits had mixed reactions on Twitter to head coach Paolo Di Canio's exit from Sunderland AFC:

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Di Canio signed 14 players, brought in an entire back-room staff, and now he's gone. Football madness. Match that Downton!

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Di Canio sacked. Not sure what to make of that. He saved Sunderland last season but they have been awful so far this season.

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Suprised about di canio? Not me,not just about the results, treatment of players big factor also

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Michael Owen gives fans 'huge thanks' as he retires

Stoke City and former England player Michael Owen has given his fans a "huge thank you" after he played his last game before retiring:

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Wow! Where do I start? Huge thanks to the Stoke fans. They sang my name non stop and gave me a send off I will never forget. #specialfans

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Congratulations to Carra, Scholesy and all those players retiring today. Legends of the game.

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Another huge thank you to everybody on here. Never seen so many nice messages. Very kind.

Stoke City drew 1-1 with Southampton on the last day of the football season.

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Michael Owen's car egged ahead of football swansong

Owen was left with egg on his car after this morning's prank
Owen was left with egg on his car after this morning's prank Credit: Twitter / @themichaelowen

Footballer Michael Owen's car has been pelted with eggs and flour ahead of the final home match of his playing career.

The former England striker named several of his Stoke City team-mates as suspects and said he planned to take "revenge" for the prank.

Owen said he "might be delayed getting to the match" after the egg attack Credit: Twitter / @themichaelowen

"Chief suspects: (Dean) Whitehead and (Glenn) Whelan. (John) Walters is a possible. Others who can't be ruled out: (Peter) Crouch, (Matthew) Etherington," Owen wrote on Twitter.

"It's a long week lads. Revenge is in the air!" he added.

Owen is due to retire at the end of the season, and Stoke's clash with Tottenham today will be the penultimate game of his illustrious career.

Michael Owen will retire from football at end of season

Former England striker Michael Owen has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The Stoke player tweeted:

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Big day today. I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional footballer. Full statement here: http://t.co/FkH8Vjkm0G

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Michael Owen: I have never dived for a penalty

The Stoke and England striker Michael Owen has tweeted to complain about headlines that he says has misled his comments about diving, saying he "feels a bit let down by the British press":

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To have a headline saying: Owen 'I dived to win a penalty' is disgraceful.

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To clarify, I have never won a penalty through diving and didn't say so yesterday, despite what the headlines say.

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I have, however, gone down, WHEN FOULED, when I could have stayed on my feet.

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