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Michael Owen: The Games That Changed My Life

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United and England striker chooses his six most significant matches

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May 6, 1997: Wimbledon 2-1 Liverpool

When you’re playing youth and reserve team football, you dream of playing in the first team. I was handed my chance away at Wimbledon and I wanted to make an impression. We’d just gone 2-0 down, so it was a difficult time to be introduced. But Stig Inge Bjornebye slotted the ball into my path and I had a bit of time to pick my spot and put the ball past Neil Sullivan.

Owen's debut goal against Wimbledon was a sign of things to come

June 30, 1998: Argentina 2-2 England

I was only 18 at the time and it was huge to get the opportunity to start such a massive World Cup game. After Gabriel Batistuta had given Argentina the lead, we got a reply pretty much instantly through Alan Shearer’s penalty. We definitely shaded the first half, and of all the goals I scored in my career, the one against Argentina is probably the best. I just felt confident running at them and it was a great feeling to score. We ended up losing on penalties, but we’d given a magnificent account of ourselves nevertheless.

May 12, 2001: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool

It’s fair to say that Arsenal played very well in this game and took a deserved 1-0 lead. When you’re only a goal down, though, you’re always in a match. In the last 10 minutes, Gary McAllister took a free-kick which bounced around in the Arsenal penalty area and I managed to get a clean strike to score. Then, with only a minute of normal time remaining, Patrik Berger fed me with a glorious long pass and I beat Lee Dixon to the ball to finish in the bottom corner. The FA Cup is a trophy you dream of winning as a kid and to win it like that is extra special.

Owen's late double turned the FA Cup final on its head