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International Reds: Owen scores 'THAT' goal

Michael Owen's brilliant solo goal against Argentina at World Cup 1998 is one of most memorable in England's history.

It was the moment when Liverpool's 18-year-old striker exploded beyond the boundaries of the Premier League and onto the global stage.

"That goal definitely changed my life,” Owen told twentyfour7 Magazine following his retirement.

After a brilliant debut season with Liverpool, Owen was selected in Glenn Hoddle's squad for France 1998 as back-up to strike duo Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham.

He came off the bench in a group game against Romania to become the nation's youngest-ever World Cup goalscorer and subsequently forced his way into the starting XI.

Then, in the Round of 16 tie against old adversaries Argentina, a superstar was born.

With 16 minutes on the clock, having already won a penalty to level the scores at 1-1, Owen collected a pass from David Beckham in the centre-circle, raced past Jose Chamot and his attempted foul, pushed the ball away from Roberto Ayala on the edge of the box and clipped a brilliant finish across advancing goalkeeper Carlos Roa.

"It announced me to the world of football," said Owen.

England would go onto lose the match on a penalty shootout, while Owen would go on to win the 2001 Treble with Liverpool and the Ballon d'Or.

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