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Are Liverpool feeling the pressure of Premier League title race?

Five of the club’s former players address the key question after Jürgen Klopp’s side surrender top spot to Manchester CitySteve McManaman, Liverpool 1990-99I think it’s nonsense, I really do. If Liverpool win by five against Bournemouth you aren’t goin…

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Harry Cobden says Cue Card ‘definitely the biggest ride of my career’

• Teenager in the spotlight after getting ride in Betfair Chase• Warms up in best way with winner in the opener at AscotA teenaged sensation of the past was the centre of attention here on Friday as Michael Owen made his debut as a jockey in a charity …

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Talking Horses: The 33-1 shot Michael Owen should worry about at Ascot

The ex-England striker has a fine chance on Calder Prince in today’s charity race but his riding inexperience could cost himGood luck to Michael Owen in his charity race at Ascot today, and also to the other ‘jockeys’ ranged against him, who have varie…

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The Joy of Six: the best of Michael Owen | Jacob Steinberg

One of England’s most gifted players, Michael Owen’s playing career has taken in big derby goals, a famous Cup final win and that goal against Argentina

Michael Owen might have become a mild figure of fun in retirement, mocked for his stubborn hatred of films, castigated for that YouTube clip of him goading a 13-year-old goalkeeper and widely criticised for his punditry, but the bantz can make it easy to forget what a brilliant footballer he was at his peak – one of the most gifted ever produced by England.

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Germany 1-5 England: 15 years on World Cup qualifier is still music to ears of many

On 1 September 2001 England secured an extraordinary win in Munich. A song about Sven-Goran Eriksson captured the moment – but some of his victorious squad did not realise the game’s impact at the time

Martin Bell remembers the evening of 1 September 2001 better than most. He and his musical partner, Johnny Spurling, had written a song about the newish England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, which had received some airplay on TalkSport before the pair went abroad in late August. “We went to Spain to do some gigs and when we got back, suddenly everyone’s on the phone,” Bell says. “It never stopped ringing. We did some interviews on the Friday, then the match was on the Saturday. It was all geared up: if we beat Germany the Sven song was going to go through the roof.”

Related: Joe Hart to start for England in Slovakia after Fraser Forster pulls out

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Michael Owen tells Liverpool to come clean over Daniel Sturridge’s injuries

• Owen says club should stop the rumours
• Striker finally fit again after being dogged by injury

Michael Owen has urged Liverpool to reveal the full extent of Daniel Sturridge’s recent injuries to bring an end to the rumours that the England striker could leave Anfield at the end of the season.

Sturridge, 26, played 61 minutes of Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday, his first appearance since coming on as a substitute against Newcastle at the start of December. Jürgen Klopp said the former Chelsea striker had played twice as long as the manager had originally earmarked but added that Sturridge could feature in Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Aston Villa.

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Michael Owen warns Premier League clubs more fans could stage walkouts

• Owen: ‘You’ve got to admire Liverpool fans’
• Harry Redknapp: ‘Fans should be getting the biggest slice’

Michael Owen has warned that supporters of other Premier League clubs could follow fans of Liverpool in staging organised walkouts from matches in protest against “extortionate” ticket prices.

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool will heed “the sign” from supporters after around 10,000 left Anfield after 77 minutes of their 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday, while the Football Supporters’ Federation is looking into how to respond to the failure of a scheme to cap away ticket prices at £20.

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Why are English footballers so reluctant to move to other European leagues?

The English footballers who move to the continent tend to be prima donnas and bad boys. Why don’t more players test themselves in mainland Europe?

By Eamonn Foster for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

I asked a Spanish reporter if any big clubs in the Peninsula had eyes on British stars. “I don’t think so,” he said. “You have some grand craftsmen, but the Spanish prefer artistes, of which you have only a dozen or so. It’s also exceptional for British professionals to be happy abroad.” Bill Croft writing in the November 1958 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly magazine.

Now, consider these names: Ashley Cole, Ravel Morrison, Joey Barton, Joe Cole, Micah Richards and Jermaine Pennant. At first glance it might appear to be a list of the footballers called most frequently to stand in front of FA panels for disciplinary hearings. However, as it happens, these are the most noticeable names from a remarkably small group of English footballers of recent times to have left home for one of the other major European leagues. And for that, they should be credited. But we must wonder why this is the case.

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From Keegan to Suárez: how Liverpool coped with other stars leaving Anfield

With Raheem Sterling joining Manchester City for £49m, we look at nine other transfers that rocked the club – and how it responded to the departures

This was the 1970s, agents were a rarity, transfer windows didn’t exist, yet on Merseyside there was a man with a release clause. Yes, as well as appearing in Brut adverts, ‘KK’ was plotting his future in a manner that was ahead of his time, insisting Liverpool put a £500,000 clause in his contract so as to open up the possibility of a lucrative move abroad. And that is just what Keegan secured in 1976 – just like the Beatles he was heading to Hamburg.

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Wayne Rooney can smash England goal record – Gary Lineker and Michael Owen

• Rooney needs two to equal Bobby Charlton’s 49 England goals
• ‘I wish Wayne well with it, it’ll be a brilliant achievement’ – Lineker

Two of England’s greatest strikers have backed Wayne Rooney to become the country’s most prolific goalscorer. Gary Lineker and Michael Owen say it is only a matter of time before the Manchester United forward surpasses Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 international goals.

Rooney has scored 47 goals so far for England, leaving him third in the country’s all-time scoring charts – or fourth if you include own goals, of which England have benefited from 48. Charlton is top, while Lineker struck 48. Rooney is already above Jimmy Greaves (44) and Owen (40), and will be aiming to increase his tally when England visit Slovenia on Sunday.

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Raheem Sterling is replaceable at Liverpool, says Michael Owen

• Liverpool would not suffer from selling Raheem Sterling, says former forward
• ‘I wouldn’t lose sleep if he did go and you got a fair chunk of money for him’

Liverpool would not suffer from selling Raheem Sterling because a player of similar quality could be bought with the proceeds, according to the club’s former striker Michael Owen.

Sterling’s future at Anfield remains in doubt after contract negotiations between the club and the player turned sour and the player’s agent declared the relationship was beyond repair. Owen says that Liverpool supporters should not be too anxious about the prospect of losing the talented 20-year-old, as Sterling would not be as difficult to replace as Luis Suárez proved to be.

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Michael Owen heads to Royal Ascot with Brown Panther after York defeat

• Former footballer targets Gold Cup in horse’s final season
• Stoute names Melbourne Cup as target for Snow Sky

At least a week of uncertainty still seems to lie ahead before the probable field for the 2015 Derby comes into focus but the immediate outlook is much clearer for Snow Sky and Brown Panther, who fought out the finish of the Group Two Yorkshire Cup here on Friday. Both will be steered towards Group One targets in Britain and abroad and for Brown Panther it will be perhaps his final chance to get his part-owner Michael Owen back into the winner’s enclosure at Royal Ascot.

It is nearly four years since Brown Panther reduced the former England striker to tears with his victory in the King George V Handicap at the Royal meeting. Since then the seven-year-old has taken Owen on an extended tour of some of the world’s most glamorous races and venues, including appearances in a Melbourne Cup, the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita and, last September, a first win at Group One level in the Irish St Leger.

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Emile Heskey: Who’d have thought at 37 I’d be going back to Liverpool

The Bolton Wanderers striker returns to Anfield seeking an FA Cup upset but with fond memories of his partnership with Michael Owen
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The framed jerseys on the walls of the basement den in Emile Heskey’s Cheshire home provide a reminder their owner is in the twilight of a fine career. Thirtysomethings all, El Hadji Diouf rubs shoulders with Nicolas Anelka just above Steven Gerrard. Robbie Keane’s hangs over that of Harry Kewell. Michael Owen, the player with whom Heskey forged such a successful strike partnership for club and country, is given dual representation, with shirts from his Liverpool and Newcastle days. On the pool table, a set of turntables call to mind their owner’s famous hand-on-ear disc-spinning DJ goal celebration. “You know what, the funny thing is you’re looking at them but they’re not mine,” he laughs. “I mean, they are mine but I don’t use them. The wife uses them.”

Although he no longer mans the steel wheels, Heskey proved he has still got what it takes to get a crowd on their feet by coming off the bench to score in a victory for Bolton Wanderers against Blackburn Rovers on his Boxing Day debut. It was an unlikely return to English football for the former international, who many presumed had played for his last club in England when he joined A-League side Newcastle Jets on his 2011 release from Aston Villa.

Related: Robbie Fowler salute to Emile Heskey as Liverpool old boys stir the memories

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Emile Heskey: Who’d have thought at 37 I’d be going back to Liverpool?

The Bolton Wanderers striker returns to Anfield seeking an FA Cup upset but with fond memories of his partnership with Michael Owen
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Michael Owen takes chance in Breeders Cup Turf with Brown Panther

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Hillstar wins Canadian International but Michael Owen misses out

Jockey Ryan Moore wins for second consecutive year Michael Owens horse unseats jockey before start Continue reading…

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Danny Welbeck joins list of English Champions League hat-trick heroes

From Mike Newell to Wayne Rooney, Englishmen with a Champions League match ball at home are a rare breed but Danny Welbeck has now bolstered the ranks Welbeck delighted to repay Wengers faith Continue reading…

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Michael Owen wins first Classic as Brown Panther takes Irish St Leger

Former England international lands first Group One Australia will now be aimed at the Champion Stakes Kingman could miss Ascot for the Breeders Cup Treve eclipsed in Arc trial at Longchamp Continue reading…

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From Torres to Suárez: the hits and misses of transfer deadline day

Is Manchester Uniteds loan of Radamel Falcao going to make all the difference as they seek a Champions League return, or will it just be another in a long list of failed last-minute signings? Transfer window club-by-club ins and outs Interactive: how m…

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Michael Owen: I dont watch films. I just cant get into them

The TV pundit and former England striker on his ongoing love of matchdays, why hed never get a tattoo and his need for cheeseHello Michael. Lets talk football first whos going to win the Premier League this season? Chelsea will win the league. I think …