Southampton 1 Stoke 1: I’ll never forget final game – Michael Owen

Southampton 1 Stoke 1: Michael Owen admits he will never forget his final game after the Potters drew with the Saints

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Michael Owen insisted he won’t forget his final Premier League game after Stoke City were held to a draw by Southampton at St Mary’s.

The former England international came on as a second-half substitute to play a final 16 minutes of top-flight football before retiring.

Earlier, Peter Crouch’s 47th-minute opener had been cancelled out by Saints skipper Rickie Lambert, and Owen was unable to score the winner and end his career in fitting style.

But the 33-year-old still paid credit to both set of supporters for the warm send off which the striker received on the south coast.

“In some ways it was emotional. I made my decision a long time ago, so I had prepared for it,” he told BBC Sport.

“The Stoke fans sung my name all the way through. In many ways I didn’t deserve that as I have not contributed.

“I will never forget that. Even the Southampton fans were fantastic.

“I had one chance, and a couple of touches. I was pleased to get out there and say my farewell in one piece.”

Owen also listed some of his most treasured memories from a career which has seen the striker play for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and England.

He added: “It has been a pleasure to play this game, it has been special. You never see what is going to happen, but I always knew I was going to be a footballer. That sounds arrogant, but it is the truth.

“Scoring in El Clasico was special with the list of goalscorers that day, numerous club goals for Liverpool including two in the FA Cup final was special, and the goal in the derby for Manchester United against Manchester City.

“The goal against Argentina in World Cup 1998 changed my life.”

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