Michael Owen: Ten greatest goals

The former Liverpool and England striker announces retirement

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Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen today announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Here, we take a look at his greatest goals from across his career with the national team, his first club Liverpool, plus at Newcastle, Real Madrid and Manchester United...


1. vs Wimbledon (1997): Despite a defeat that all but ends Liverpool's title hopes, a 17-year-old striker by the name of Michael Owen comes of the bench to score on his debut, making him the Premier League's youngest ever goalscorer.


2. vs Argentina (1998): The goal we'll all remember. Still just 18, Owen scores one of the goals of the tournament to put Glenn Hoddle's men 2-1 up. The wonderful individual effort propelled him to superstardom, but ultimately it was in vain as the Three Lions succumb on penalties yet again.



3. vs Arsenal (2001): After dominating the first FA Cup Final in Cardiff, Arsenal seemed to be on the road to victory after Freddie Ljungberg put them 1-0 up late on. Cue Michael Owen. A quick-fire brace in the final ten minutes, capped off in style against an ageing Arsenal defence, sent the Liverpool fans into wild celebrations, and brought the cup back to Anfield.




4. vs Manchester City (2009): A remarkable goal for a number of reasons. If his Liverpool connections made the United faithful a little uneasy to begin with, doubts faded in the sixth minute of injury time as a fine poachers finish snatched victory from their emerging cross-city rivals.


5. vs Brazil (2002): The pacy forward put England on the front foot, capitalising on a rare mistake by Lucio to score the opener in the World Cup quarter-finals. The well-taken finish set up a famous England win, but a clinical Rivaldo strike and a David Seaman blunder put the eventual winners into the semis.


6. vs Germany (2001): Perhaps his finest game in an England shirt, and definitely the highlight of Sven-Goran Erikkson's reign. Owen plundered a glorious hat trick as Germany were put to the sword 5-1. The pick of the goals was a cool finished into the top corner from a Steven Gerrard lay-off.



7. vs Newcastle (1998): It only took Owen 15 minutes to complete his hat trick against his future employers. Again, the final goal was the outstanding moment of the game; a typical Owen goal, catching defender Laurent Charvet flatfooted before nonchalantly chipping over an on-rushing Shay Given.


8. vs Barcelona (2005): Eyebrows were raised when Owen decided to swap Anfield for the Bernabau to join compatriot Beckham. His Madrid career was stop-start as he was used mainly as an impact substitute. However, if there is ever a way to endear yourself to the Madridistas it is to score a goal in the Clasico, which he did in typical Michael Owen fashion.


9. vs Manchester United (1998): In his first full season Owen celebrates winning the prestigious double of the Golden Boot and the PFA Young Player of the Year award with in satisfying fashion, scoring the equaliser at Old Trafford with a cheeky finish over Peter Schmeical.


10. vs Sunderland (2008): After spending much of his time injured after a big-money move to Newcastle, Owen owed the Geordie faithful a big performance. With the club struggling under Kevin Keegan, he grabs an important brace against bitter rivals Sunderland, capped off with an emphatic penalty to send the Magpies into raptures.