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Michael Owen's prize horse to miss Royal Ascot

Owen announced Brown Panther had injured his near fore leg. Credit: PA

Former England footballer Michael Owen's prize horse is to miss Royal Ascot's blue-ribbon race after picking up an injury.

Brown Panther was third-favourite for the Gold Cup, but Owen announced on Twitter that he was out of the running.

Former Man United players in tennis Twitter feud

The endurance and performance of tennis players caused former Premier League footballers Robbie Savage and Michael Owen to argue on Twitter today.

Owen suffered badly from injuries as a player. Credit: PA

The pair clashed during Sunday's Australian Open final which Novak Djokovic won over Andy Murray in four sets.

Savage started things off, saying: "When you watch these 2 play tennis it amazes me how modern day footballers complain of tiredness embarresing (sic) really!"

Former England striker Owen responded with: "Not having that. Ridiculous shout," and added in "You're (sic) accusation was towards footballers and they are the people I'm defending against such drivel."

The two continued to debate, but Owen tried to have the final word by writing: "Studies show only 17.5% of match time in tennis is spent actually playing. 5 hour match equates to 52 mins playing time."

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An early night for disappointed Michael Owen

Michael Owen - who scored 40 goals in his England career - reacts to their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay this evening.

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.

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.

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

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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:

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:

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

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