Who is England’s Most Lethal Goalscorer?

September 6, 2012 in International

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Ah, the international break, the bane of Premier League lovers everywhere ( “three weeks into the season? What is this bullsh..”), and the moment when the variant tribes of English football come together to get behind a national team that is destined to ingloriously beat Moldova 2-1. Rather than think about that, I’ve decided to conduct and investigation into who was the most lethal goalscorer ever to wear the England shirt. Now this isn’t about simply who scored the most goals, but rather who has the highest strike rate. That’s to ask…whose minutes on the pitch to goals scored ratio stands as the best?

A couple of ground rules. You have to have scored 20 goals in an England shirt (because otherwise we’d have a list full of one game one goal types) and you have to have scored them post-War, because I deem goals scored before then too easy, mostly because I hate old people. Let’s do this.

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Owen’s summer search for a club ends at Stoke

September 5, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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Michael Owen has finally ended his summer search and found a new club in Stoke City on Tuesday, putting pen to paper on a twelve month deal with the Potters. However, the club have to wait for Premier League approval after having already submitted their 25-man squad for the season, which didn’t include former England striker Owen. He waited until the last moments of the transfer window, which shut at 5pm, to see what deals were available until he finally committed to Stoke, admitting he was ‘delighted to be at Stoke’ - but in turn, that delay in decision has cost both parties and could still see further complications.

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Lucky Number 7: Players and their Squad Numbers

August 2, 2012 in Features

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Michael Owen’s departure from Manchester United vacated the number 7 jersey, which was then handed to Antonio Valencia. So what’s the big deal? At the end of the day, it’s just a number on your back – it doesn’t improve your movement, passing or shooting accuracy. It doesn’t improve your fitness or your ability to read the game. What does it signify? Nothing, right? Wrong. The modern footballer will tell you that his squad number is as much a part of his identity as his surname. Just ask Thierry Henry, whose signature includes the number ‘14’.

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Michael Owen’s Last Chance

July 18, 2012 in Premier League

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Munich, 1st September 2001. Juxtaposed with the violence that was to come ten days after that date, the joy I felt at the time was unbound. Germany 1, England 5. It was a result that shocked almost everyone and brought Sven Goran-Eriksson almost legendary status at the time. So did his front two. Emile Heskey and hat-trick hero Michael Owen instantly became the future, the pairing that would lead our country to international glory!

Almost eleven years on and both are now free agents. Even more shocking is the fact that both are laughing stocks, the butt of many a joke on this site and I’m sure many others.

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