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Sunday, December 13, 1998 Published at 23:04 GMT


Sport: Football

Owen - the shooting star

He shoots, he usually scores: Owen nets another

England striker Michael Owen became the youngest international this century when he was named for the team to play against Chile last year.

Now, on the eve of his 19th birthday, he has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Here we look at the meteoric rise of the young footballer:

1979: Born 14 December in Chester.

1991: Breaks Ian Rush's goalscoring record for Deeside Primary Schools in North Wales after he had previously beaten Gary Speed's record as the youngest player to play for the team.

1995: Beats Kevin Gallen and Nick Barmby's goalscoring record for England Under-15s.


[ image: Number one: Owen celebrates another goal for England]
Number one: Owen celebrates another goal for England
1996: Helps Liverpool win the FA Youth Cup in May. Signs professional terms with Liverpool on 17th birthday on 14 December after he had joined them as a schoolboy.

1997: 6 May: Scores on his first-team debut against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.

9 September: Sent off playing for England Under-18s against Yugoslavia.

16 September: Scores on European debut against Celtic in UEFA Cup.

5 October: Invited to train with England senior squad.

18 November: Nets his first senior hat-trick against Grimsby in the Coca-Cola Cup.

17 December: Scores on his debut for England Under-21s.

1998: 2 February: Named in Glenn Hoddle's senior squad for the first time.

11 February: Becomes youngest England international this century when he starts against Chile.

14 February: Scores his first Premiership hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday.

10 April: Sent off against Manchester United after scoring equaliser. Finishes season joint top scorer in the Premiership with 18 league goals.

27 May: Becomes youngest England goalscorer when he nets the only goal against Morocco in Casablanca.

31 May: Named in England's World Cup squad of 22.

22 June: Scores after coming on as substitute against Romania but England lose 2-1.

30 June: Scores a sensational goal against Argentina before England bow out of France 98 on penalties.

13 December: Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, one day ahead of his 19th birthday.





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