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World Cup wonder strike to derby decider: Michael Owen’s landmark goals

The striker announced his arrival on the global stage with a memorable solo goal against Argentina.

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Michael Owen enjoyed a fine career before retiring in 2013 (Owen Hunphreys/PA)

Michael Owen enjoyed a fine career before retiring in 2013 (Owen Hunphreys/PA)

Michael Owen enjoyed a fine career before retiring in 2013 (Owen Hunphreys/PA)

Former England striker Michael Owen, whose career took in spells at Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke, announced his retirement seven years ago.

Here, the PA news agency looks at  of his some of his most significant goals.

May 1997 v Wimbledon

Owen scored on his senior debut for Liverpool after coming on as a substitute against Wimbledon
Owen scored on his senior debut for Liverpool after coming on as a substitute against Wimbledon (PA)

Owen scored on his senior Liverpool debut after coming on as a substitute to become, at the time, the Premier League’s youngest goalscorer aged 17 years and 143 days.

June 1998 v Argentina

Arguably Owen’s most famous strike. With England drawing 1-1 with Argentina in their World Cup last-16 clash, the striker raced on to David Beckham’s pass to out-pace Jose Chamot, drift past Roberto Ayala and clip a shot across goalkeeper Carlos Roa.

May 2001 v Arsenal

Owen almost single-handedly won the 2001 FA Cup final for Liverpool
Owen almost single-handedly won the 2001 FA Cup final for Liverpool (PA)

Another typical Owen strike, this one to win the FA Cup. Having already produced a late equaliser in the final at the Millennium Stadium, he charged onto Patrik Berger’s through-ball to beat Lee Dixon and covering centre-back Tony Adams to fire a narrow-angle left-footed shot just inside the far post.

September 2001 v Germany

Not dissimilar to his goal against Argentina, Owen this time received a pass from Steven Gerrard and advanced into the area to fire high past Oliver Kahn, completing his hat-trick in England’s 5-1 World Cup qualifying win in Munich.

April 2005 v Barcelona

Not one of his most important goals but to score in a Clasico for Real
Madrid is a high point for any player. It helped secure a 4-2 win but could not prevent Barcelona ultimately winning La Liga by four points.

September 2009 v Man City

Injuries may have restricted Owen’s starting opportunities at United but he still earned his place in club folklore with a dramatic injury-time derby winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs threaded a pass into the area and Owen pounced from six yards to secure a 4-3 win.

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