Michael Owen had a quiet send off to his glittering career yesterday as he sat on the bench for the duration of Stoke’s 2-1 reverse against Tottenham Hotspur.

He had tweeted saying that he had hoped to make an appearance but due to the tight nature of the match Tony Pulis opted against bringing on the 33-year-old.

Owen tweeted: “Final home game of my career today. How strange does that feel?! Would be great to make an appearance. Will be a great atmosphere.”

His team mates did not forget his retirement however, as they treated Owen to the most unwelcome of leaving presents after covering his car caked in eggs and flour.

The former England star tweeted a picture of his £60,000 Mercedes C63 covered in the baking ingredients leaving the car undriveable.

The mischief-makers are not yet known but Owen did speculate that the culprits were likely to among his Stoke team mates with Dean Whitehead and Glenn Whelan likely to involved in some measure.

He also stated that Peter Crouch, John Walters, Matthew Ethrington and Robert Huth can’t be ruled out.

Tweeting on the social network site, Owen said: “This is what I will miss once I hang up my boots! Looks like I may be delayed getting to the match #eggs&flour.

“It's a long week lads. Revenge is in the air! Chief suspects: Whitehead and Whelan. Huth is a possible too.”

“Walters is a possible. Others who can't be ruled out: Crouch, Etherington.”

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