Premier League - Michael Owen to retire: Reaction

Michael Owen has announced he will retire at the end of the season and the world of football has been reacting to the news.

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Premier League - Michael Owen to retire: Reaction
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- Gary Lineker, former England striker, on Twitter: "Michael Owen to retire at the end of the season. One of England's greatest goal scorers, and a good bloke too. Wish him well."

- Joey Barton, former Newcastle team-mate, on Twitter: "Far too early mate. If your injury free, you still have a lot to offer. Understand there is more to life. Sad to see you go. @michaelowen developed from a striker with searing pace to a great thinker in and around the goal. Not many can change their game so easily."

- Michael Vaughan, former England cricket captain, on Twitter: "Congrats on a great career @themichaelowen .. 3 against the Germans will always live in the memory bank.... Well done."

- Charlie Adam, Stoke team-mate, on Twitter: "Just seen the news @themichaelowen to retire. What a top player and also a top guy. Pleasure to say played in same team. #finendandy"

- Glenn Hoddle, former England manager: "Every time I think about [his goal against Argentina in 1998] and see it on TV I think it was such a wonderful way to announce himself to the world. It was a magical, magical moment for Michael and I'm sure he will say it stood out. He announced himself to the world as one of the greats of finishing, and it was sad that hamstring problems affected him."

- Sven-Goran Eriksson, former England manager: "He has been a fantastic football player for all the clubs he has played for and of course for England. He was very easy to manage. He is a fantastic man and a professional. If you had him in your team you knew at any time he was a danger, and could score a winning goal."

- David Bernstein, FA chairman: “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.”

- Peter Taylor, former England caretaker manager: “To me he was a pleasure to work with. He was an intelligent runner and that made it very easy for me, as a coach, to work with him. I was fortunate enough to be on the bench the night he scored that goal against Argentina – we were all sat just smiling when he scored and I suppose that’s why he always excited crowds.”

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