Michael Owen: Ex-England striker opens up about injuries

Michael Owen: Ex-England striker opens up about injuries

Michael Owen injured his anterior cruciate ligament on England duty in 2006

Former England striker Michael Owen says he “hated” playing football late in his career because injuries had left him “petrified”.

Owen won the Ballon d’Or in 2001 when at Liverpool, and scored 222 goals in a 17-year club career that ended in 2013.

But he says injuries forced him to change his game, a process which began when he tore his hamstring aged 19, leading to five months out.

“Once I did it once I was gone really,” Owen, 38, told BT Sport.