Frank Lampard says Michael Owen is one of England's best-ever strikers
by Alex Shaw
Frank Lampard has singled out Michael Owen's goal against Argentina as his favourite memory of the former England striker, who will retire at the end of the season.
Owen sent shockwaves through the world with his incredible solo goal against Argentina at France '98 when he was just 18.
And Lampard paid tribute to the Three Lions hero.
He said: "Michael Owen had a fantastic career and will go down in history as one of the greatest strikers we've had in history.
"He was a player I was proud to play alongside. He deserves very high praise.
"The Argentina goal - to come on at the age he did and score a goal of eye-catching quality - as a fan watching to see what he did was very special. It sticks in everyone's mind.
"It was a huge achievement [to get 89 caps]. His career was top drawer for club and country."
Lampard is now turning his attentions to England's crucial World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Roy Hodgson's side have been beset by injury problems in the lead up to the double-header and Newcastle's Steven Taylor has been called up following an impressive season.
Reflecting on the injuries, Lampard explained: "It happens. You need a strong squad. Losing players would test any squad in the world and it is time for the players to stand up.
"Steven has lots of Premier League experience and he does it regularly."
On Friday's match against San Marino, he added: "It is a game where we must be professional. We have to be disciplined and go about the job in the right way.
"It is a must win and we have to get the right results in both games.”
Lampard, who scored his 200th Chelsea goal on Sunday, has is six caps away from reaching the exclusive 100 club and he has spoken of his pride at contributing to the Three Lions.
"I watched Steven Gerrard do it and Ashley Cole. It would be a proud moment for anyone who reaches that. I am proud what I have done for England and I will go game by game.
"I enjoy it. As you get older you understand it won't go on forever and I really appreciate playing for my country. Whether Chelsea or England, I am enjoying both."