Two Liverpool heroes and former England internationals retire from football
England legend Michael Owen brought the curtain down on his glittering career as a second-half substitute in Stoke's 1-1 draw at Southampton.
The 33-year-old scored 40 goals for England in 89 appearances during an international career that spanned ten years.
And Owen said his goodbyes at St. Mary's after playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and the Potters during his glittering career.
Owen told the BBC: "In some ways it was emotional. I made my decision a long time ago, so I had prepared for it.
“It has been a pleasure to play this game, it has been special.
"Scoring in El Clasico was special with the list of goalscorers that day, numerous club goals for Liverpool including two in The  FA Cup Final was special, and the goal in the derby for Manchester United against Manchester City.
"The goal against Argentina in World Cup 1998 changed my life."
Owen wasn’t the only ex-England ace to call it a day as his old club team-mate Jamie Carragher made his 737th and final appearance for Liverpool.
The 35-year-old signed off his Anfield career with a clean sheet and nearly marked his finale with a goal, but his thunderous 30-yard drive crashed off the post and away to safety.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers paid tribute to the defender, who was capped 38 times and appeared at two World Cups.
He said: “Carra is a true great. This is a guy, who after 737 games, is a true legend of this club.
"His performance was immaculate. I only wish for him and his family that his strike would have gone in. He gets credit for defensive qualities but he is also a great technical player.”
Meanwhile, former Three Lions playmaker Paul Scholes has retired for the second time after appearing as a second-half substitute in Manchester United’s incredible 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
The match, which was Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1500th and last as boss of the Premier League champions, featured solid displays from England midfielders Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley.
Reading boss Nigel Adkins was full of praise for Andy Carroll after the England striker terrorised the Royals during West Ham’s 4-2 win at Upton Park.
The 24-year-old, who is on loan from Liverpool, was recalled to the England squad earlier this week and he continued his fine run of form by setting up two goals in a Premier League match for the first time in his career.
Adkins said: “He [Carroll] was unplayable at times.”