Lineker says Owen 'one of England's best-ever strikers'
London, Mar 20 : Former England striker Gary Lineker has said Michael Owen, who has decided to retire after the end of this season, would be remembered as one of their country's best-ever strikers.
Owen, who is to retire in May, scored 40 goals in 89 internationals, nine fewer than legendary Bobby Charlton, who has the most number of goals for England, the BBC reports.
Lineker said Own is one of the greatest strikers who have ever put on an England shirt, adding they could do with someone like that now.
Lineker, who scored 48 times in 80 appearances for his country between 1984 and 1992, added Owen was unquestionably one of the best strikers in world football at his peak, but for injures, he would have broken all England scoring records.
The former Everton ace added Owen was blighted with one injury after another, which was a real shame, adding the best part of his career was with Liverpool before he started to get a few injuries.
Lineker said it was just bad luck for Owen getting those injuries, adding it's not like he suddenly lost form butt was circumstances beyond anyone's control.