After making his professional debut as a 17-year-old with Liverpool in 1997, Owen made his senior England bow against Chile in February 1998 before achieving global recognition with his famous individual strike against Argentina at that summer's FIFA World Cup™ in France.
Owen's appearance in a group game against Tunisia at the same tournament confirmed him as England's youngest ever World Cup representative at 18 years and 183 days, while he also set the record for the youngest English World Cup goalscorer when he netted against Romania in the second group game.
Owen also tallied at Euro 2000, the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 to become the first England player to score at four major tournaments. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was a low point, with Owen suffering a knee injury in the third group game against Sweden which sidelined him for 10 months.
He has since won just nine further caps, his last Three Lions outing coming against France in early 2008.