Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen waves goodbye to glittering but injury-plagued career

Ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen waves goodbye to glittering but injury-plagued career

By Chris Bailey

Former Manchester United and England striker Michael Owen will hang up his boots at the end of the season after a 17-year career.

The 33-year-old scored 17 goals in 52 appearances during a three-year spell for the Red Devils before departing for Stoke City last summer.

However, he has been on the fringes of the Potters’ first-team – starting just one game – and now feels it is the right time to end his career.

“It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from professional football at the end of the season,” Owen said on his personal website.

“I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of.”

Arguably the highlight of his Old Trafford career, the ex-England international scored a 96th minute winner against rivals Manchester City in September 2009.

He also scored a memorable hattrick against Wolfsburg in the Champions League three months later, but niggling injuries – which have dogged him throughout his career – marked his time at the club.

Owen started his career at Liverpool and went on to play for Real Madrid and Newcastle United.

He made 89 England appearances, scoring 40 times – becoming the Three Lions’ fourth-highest goalscorer behind Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker and Bobby Charlton.

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