Michael Owen called time on his career on Sunday but there was to be no fairy-tale ending, as Stoke were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton .
After an illustrious career that has taken him to Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United, the former England striker announced in March that this was to be his last season. Winner of the Ballon d'Or in 2001, a career that started with such brilliance tailed off in his latter years as injuries took their toll.
The fact Owen has not started a league match for Stoke since joining them last summer only highlights that and he began the final game of his career on the bench. The clash got off to a blistering start with Adam Lallana hitting the post and Rickie Lambert having a goal chalked off for offside inside the opening 31 seconds.
That was as good as it got in a poor first half, with Stoke returning after the break with a bang as Peter Crouch headed them ahead within two minutes. Lambert netted the 15th goal of his debut Barcl...