Hodgson hails 'magnificent' Owen
LONDON (AFP) - England manager Roy Hodgson described Michael Owen's goalscoring record for his country as "magnificent" after the striker announced on Tuesday his intention to retire at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old Owen scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for England and won the prestigious Ballon d'Or in 2001, but the latter years of his career were disrupted by injuries.
Following a three-year stint at Manchester United, he joined Stoke City last year but has barely played since arriving at the Britannia Stadium.
"Michael Owen's record of 89 England appearances and 40 goals is a magnificent landmark," Hodgson told the FA's official website.