Owen to retire at season’s end

Updated: March 19, 2013

Michael Owen announced Tuesday that
he plans to retire at the conclusion of the Premier League season.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed an impressive career that has included stints at
Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United before ultimately
joining Stoke City at the start of the 2012-13.

The latter stages of Owen’s career have been riddled with injuries, making
playing time with the Potters difficult to come by. Subsequently, the former
England international has decided to hang up his boots.

“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
wrote on his personal website. “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 ended up with 40 goals in 89 international appearances, the most famous
of which came in the 1998 World Cup during England’s match against Argentina.