Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer

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Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Dailymail

Michael Owen has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season - and he is already in talks with England over a new role.

The Stoke forward has decided to hang up his boots after a glittering career with Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and England.

But Owen, who has been dogged by injury throughout his career, has found opportunities very difficult to come by at the Britannia Stadium and has made the decision to retire from the game.

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
That's your lot: Michael Owen will retire at the end of the season

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
World at his feet: Michael Owen celebrates his wonder goal for England against Argentina at France 98

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Hat-trick hero: Owen scored three in England's 5-1 win over Germany in Munich

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Three and easy: Owen celebrates the magical night in Munich

In a statement, he said: '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.'

The striker will probably be best remembered for his exploits with England, for whom he burst on to the international scene as an 18-year-old and scored his most famous goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

He also scored a hat-trick on one of the greatest nights in England's recent history, the 5-1 victory over Germany in Munich in 2001.

England boss Roy Hodgson hailed Owen's goalscoring record for his country as 'magnificent' and described him as a 'fine ambassador for English football'.

Hodgson said on www.thefa.com: 'Michael Owen's record of 89 England appearances and 40 goals is a magnificent landmark.

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Spot on: Owen scores a penalty for Liverpool against Spurs

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Famous sight: Owen celebrates a goal for Liverpool

'Some of his international strikes were spectacular and have already gone down in England's modern football history.

'Although I never got to work with him personally, he always conducted himself extremely well on and off the pitch and was a fine ambassador for English football.

'Today is a day that we should recognise his achievements of which he should be very proud. I wish him all the best in the next part of his career and hope that he is able to pass some of his great experience back into the game.'

He ended up with 40 goals from 89 caps, behind only Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves on the all-time list.

Owen added: '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.

'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.

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Three Lions hero: Owen scored 40 goals for England in 89 appearances

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Real deal: Owen celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
'None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back-room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors.

'I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession.'

Owen went on to thank his family, ending with a message to his father Terry, a former professional footballer with Everton and Chester.

He said: 'We did it my old mate! From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the world on the biggest stages of all. I couldn't have done it without you.'

Owen will now be offered a role with England working with the next generation of stars.

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said: 'Michael enjoyed a tremendous career with England, playing at every level. He has always conducted himself with outstanding professionalism when on England duty and performed at the highest level, scoring important goals at major tournaments.

'We are already in talks with Michael about how he can share his international experience with our younger players in the future in an ambassadorial role.'

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
It ends on 40: Owen scoring his final goal for England, against Russia in 2007

FA chairman David Bernstein added: 'It is a great shame that Michael has decided to call time on his career, but he can look back with great pride and satisfaction of having contributed so much to the game, both at international level and domestically.

'He has scored some great and memorable goals for both club and country, and will be missed by the many fans that have enjoyed and shared in those great moments. We hope Michael’s experience is not lost to football.'

Owen was a prodigious talent as a schoolboy and signed for Liverpool when he was 12 before turning professional at Anfield five years later.

He scored on his first-team debut against Wimbledon in 1997 and did not look back, winning the Premier League Golden Boot in his first two full seasons and being voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1998.

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Black and white issue: Owen celebrates one of his 30 goals for Newcastle

In the 2000-01 season, Owen helped Liverpool to a treble of FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup and was named European Footballer of the Year - the first Englishman to win the award since Kevin Keegan in 1979.

Liverpool won the League Cup again two years later but they were unable to achieve a first Premier League title and speculation about Owen's future at Anfield grew, particularly when manager Gerard Houllier left in May 2004.

In August of that year Real Madrid got their man when the striker headed to Spain having scored 158 goals for Liverpool at better than a goal every two games.

Injuries had already begun to surface, though, with hamstring problems impacting on his pace, and he had only limited opportunities among the galacticos at the Bernabeu.

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Eyes on the prize: Michael Owen just before scoring the derby winner against Manchester City, and (below) celebrating the goal

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer

Owen returned to England a year after moving to Spain, joining Newcastle for a club record fee of £16.8million, but injuries increasingly took their toll.

He managed only 79 appearances in four years, scoring 30 goals, with a broken foot and a knee ligament injury sustained on England duty at the 2006 World Cup proving particularly damaging.

A disastrous 2008-09 season culminated in Newcastle being relegated and Owen moved again that summer, joining Manchester United on a free.

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer
Final flourish: Owen scores his only goal for Stoke - his 150th in the league and possibly the last of his career

Sir Alex Ferguson used him sparingly but there were notable highlights, particularly a very late winner in a 4-3 derby victory over Manchester City in September 2009 and a hat-trick in the Champions League against Wolfsburg.

The 2010-11 season brought Owen his first Premier League title, with the striker making 17 appearances and scoring five goals.

He was released at the end of last season and was without a club during the summer before joining Stoke in September but he has made only seven appearances, scoring once against Swansea in January.

His final cap for England came in a 1-0 defeat by France in March 2008, while his last goals for his country were a double against Russia the previous September.

Owen to be offered England role after revealing he is quitting in the summer


1979: Born December 14, Chester.

1995: Beats the goalscoring record of Kevin Gallen and Nick Barmby for England Under 15s.

1996: Helps Liverpool win the FA Youth Cup in May. Signs professional terms with Liverpool on 17th birthday after previously joining them as a schoolboy.

1997: May 6 - Scores on his first-team debut against Wimbledon.
November 18 - Nets his first senior hat-trick against Grimsby in the League Cup.

1998: February 11 - Becomes youngest England international of the 20th century when he starts against Chile.
February 14 - Scores his first Premier League hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday. Finishes season joint-top scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals.
May 31 - Named in England's World Cup squad of 22.
June 22 - Scores after coming on as substitute against Romania but England lose 2-1.
June 30 - Scores a sensational goal against Argentina before England bow out of France '98 on penalties.
December 13 - Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, one day before his 19th birthday.

2001: May - Scores twice in the last seven minutes as Liverpool come back to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
September 1 - Scores hat-trick in 5-1 win over Germany in a World Cup qualifier in Munich.
September 26 - Signs new four-year deal with Liverpool.
December 17 - Named European Footballer of the Year.

2002: June - Scores goals against Denmark and Brazil during England's run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Japan.

2003: April 26 - Scores his 100th Premier League goal, the second of four in a 6-0 rout of West Brom.
June 11 - Captains England in the absence of David Beckham and nets twice in 2-1 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Slovakia.

2004: June - Scores one goal for England in Euro 2004 - in the quarter-final defeat by Portugal.
August 12 - Sources close to Real Madrid reveal the Spanish club have agreed a deal to sign Owen.

2005: May 23 - Scores 16 goals in his debut season in Spain.
August 30 - Signs four-year deal with Newcastle, sealing £17million permanent transfer.
December 31 - Breaks metatarsal bone in defeat at Tottenham and is ruled out for 'several months'.

2006: June 20 - Regains fitness to take his place at the World Cup but injures his knee in first minute of group game against Sweden in Cologne and is immediately replaced. Ruled out for at least nine months.

2007: April 30 - Owen makes first competitive start in over 10 months, playing the full 90 minutes as Newcastle lose 1-0 to Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

2008: January 19 - Appointed Newcastle captain by new manager Kevin Keegan.

2009: May - Finishes the season with 10 goals as Newcastle are relegated from the Premier League on the final day.
June 22 - Confirms that he will not be renewing his contract with Newcastle.
July 3 - Reports link Owen with free transfer to Manchester United and he later signs a two-year contract with the champions after passing medical tests.
September 22 - Claims a dramatic winner in the sixth minute of injury time to seal a 4-3 win over Manchester City.

2010: March 5 - Ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

2011: May - Makes enough league appearances to claim a title winner's medal but is an unused substitute in United's Champions League Final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley.
November 2 - Substituted early in Champions League group stage match against Otelul Galati and misses the rest of the season.

2012: May 17 - Reveals on Twitter that Manchester United would not be offering him a new deal after three years with the club.
September 4 - Now a free agent, signs for Stoke on a one-year contract.
September 15 - Makes Potters debut as an 89th-minute substitute against Manchester City.

2013: March 19 - Announces he will retire from professional football at the end of the season.

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