In February , Owen started light training with the Manchester United squad.
From April , Owen started full training but was not yet ready for first team games. On 13 May , Owen was named as a substitute against Sunderland in United's final fixture, but he was not brought on. On 17 May , Owen announced on Twitter that Manchester United would not be offering him a new deal, ending his three-year association with the club.
On 4 September , Owen joined Stoke City on a one-year contract.
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In doing so, he became only the seventh player to reach Premier League goals. On 19 March , Owen announced that he would retire from playing at the end of the —13 season. Owen was capped 89 times for England and scored 40 goals. He is also England's second-highest goalscorer in competitive international matches, behind Rooney. He scored goals in all but one of these tournaments, making him the only player ever to have scored in four major tournaments for England.
Owen had a highly successful record at Youth level, playing for the England under team at the FIFA World Youth Championship and scoring three goals in four games. He played once for the England under team, scoring in a win over Greece at Carrow Road. He made his debut for the England senior team in a 2—0 friendly loss to Chile on 11 February This made Owen the youngest player to represent England in the 20th century at 18 years and 59 days of age. Owen's youthful enthusiasm, pace and talent made him a popular player across the country,  and many fans were keen for him to be selected for the World Cup in France.
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Glenn Hoddle . Owen was selected for the World Cup squad by manager Glenn Hoddle , becoming England's youngest ever player at a World Cup when he came on as a substitute in the opening match against Tunisia. In the following match, a 2—1 defeat to Romania , Owen again appeared as a substitute.
His equalising goal made him England's youngest ever goalscorer in the tournament at the age of 18 years and days. In stoppage time , he hit the post with a long range shot, almost salvaging a point from the game. England won the match and Owen retained his place for the second round match against Argentina.
After Argentina had taken a sixth-minute lead, Owen was fouled in the penalty area by Roberto Ayala and Alan Shearer equalised with the penalty kick. In the 16th minute, Owen gave England a 2—1 lead with a sensational individual goal. In , the goal was voted as the third-greatest in England's history. However, injury problems meant he missed much of the campaign as England struggled, with Hoddle being replaced by Kevin Keegan. On 4 September , he scored his first goal at Wembley Stadium in a 6—0 win over Luxembourg.
At the finals , Owen scored once in three matches, as England were knocked out at the group stage. He scored six times during World Cup qualifying , including a hat-trick against Germany at Munich 's Olympiastadion , as England won the qualifying group. His performances saw him named European Footballer of the Year for In April , he was named as England's captain for a friendly match against Paraguay in place of the injured regular captain David Beckham. Owen was the youngest England captain since Bobby Moore in ,  and in the following few seasons regularly deputised for Beckham as Eriksson's vice-captain.
At the World Cup finals , Owen failed to score during the group stage. However, he was fouled for England's match winning penalty kick in the 1—0 win over Argentina. Owen scored in England's second round match against Denmark and then gave England an early lead in the 2—1 quarter-final defeat against Brazil. Owen scored five times in qualification for Euro At the tournament proper, Owen again failed to score during the group stage.
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He then scored in the third minute of the quarter-final with Portugal , becoming the first England player to score in four consecutive major tournaments. In qualification for the World Cup , Owen scored five goals. In May , he scored his second international hat-trick in a friendly match against Colombia at Giants Stadium. Owen made his debut for the England B-team in a friendly against Belarus on 25 May , as part of his return to match fitness ahead of the World Cup. Owen started England's first two games of the World Cup, against Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago , but did not manage to score.
After playing only 51 seconds of his third appearance of the tournament, and 80th cap, in the final group game against Sweden , Owen badly twisted his right knee and was forced to leave the match on a stretcher. Owen underwent successful reconstruction surgery, carried out by Richard Steadman , on 6 September He returned for the England B game against Albania ,  and was named in the full squad for the first England match at the new Wembley Stadium against Brazil and the Euro qualifier against Estonia ,  with Owen stating "I feel sharp and, if given the chance, I feel confident when in front of goal.
On 12 September , Owen scored twice for England in a 3—0 win over Russia , becoming the first player to score international goals at both the old and new Wembley Stadiums. Owen made only one appearance under Capello, as a substitute in a friendly against France in March In his prime, Owen was highly regarded for his great pace,  opportunism  and agility,  as well as his technical ability and his eye for goal,   which enabled him to be considered as one of the greatest English and Premier League strikers of his generation.
Owen met Louise Bonsall at primary school in The couple had initially planned to get married at their home, but changed plans when they were informed that if a licence was granted for a marriage ceremony the venue must be made available for other weddings for three years,  so opted to marry in a register office in informal clothing and have a lavish reception the next day in the grounds of their home.
Their daughter, Gemma Rose, was born on 1 May Their third child, a daughter, Emily May, was born on 29 October After Owen returned to the UK to play for Newcastle, he travelled to a nearby BAE facility on a daily basis in order to fly, by helicopter , to train with his club. However, there is now a helipad installed within the grounds of the house to accommodate Owen's Eurocopter Dauphin , with which he both travels and is training to become a pilot.
Owen also bought an entire street for his extended family in Ewloe , which is in an area close to where he used to live. In , Owen's sister Karen was assaulted by two youths, who attempted to kidnap her.
When she revealed that she was pregnant, they fled. Owen owns several cars and a helicopter and enjoys horse racing and gambling. He owns many race horses, trained by Tom Dascombe. Owen starred in a series of adverts that charted his life and rise to fame. Owen also starred as himself in the children's television drama show Hero to Zero. In the programme, Owen would emerge from a full size poster of himself in Charlie Brice's room to offer advice in times of crisis.
Owen had indicated that he would like to become involved with Chester F.
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