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Owen admits to diving for England

The 32-year-old Stoke striker has admitted to going to ground easily in the past and believes that players who win penalties could often have stayed on their feet.

Stoke City striker Michael Owen has confessed to diving in order to win a penalty while playing for England.

Owen's club manager Tony Pulis last week called for players who dive to be given retrospective bans, following Luis Suarez's attempt to gain a spot-kick during Liverpool's recent clash with the Potters. The 32-year-old Owen, who last represented the Three Lions in 2008, has revealed he has simulated in the past, though.

"I’m totally against diving but I’d say that 75 percent of people could stay on their feet for a penalty," Owen wrote on Twitter. "I have been guilty as well, at the 1998 World Cup I was running flat out, got a nudge, went down. Could I have stayed up? Yes probably."

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