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Michael Owen set to retire

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LONDON - Former England star and Stoke City striker Michael Owen has confirmed he will retire at the end of the 2012-13 season. 

Owen, who at his peak was one of world football's most feared strikers, turned 33 in December and since joining Stoke City from Manchester United in September has scored only once in six substitute appearances in the Premier League.

The striker said in a statement on his official website: "It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from professional football at the end of this season."

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