Michael Owen’s solo goal vs Argentina

It seems like an odd thing to say now given his punditry, but there was a point in time when Michael Owen was probably the most exciting footballer on the planet.

Unlike most players, Owen exploded onto the scene fully formed at Liverpool, winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot in his first full season with 18 goals in 36 games. As a result, he went to World Cup 1998 in France as something of an ace up the sleeve of manager Glenn Hoddle, initially as an option off the bench.

After coming on during the opening win against Tunisia, Owen became the youngest player to represent England at a…

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