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Injury-plagued England stars

Owen still made 89 appearances for England (©GettyImages)
Owen still made 89 appearances for England (©GettyImages).

As England's top players play more games for both their clubs and country, they are more susceptible to picking up injuries.

Some England stars, though, have suffered more than most in recent years.

Here are four England internationals who can be classed as injury-plagued. 

Michael Owen

The young Michael Owen set the benchmark for every single English striker.

After proving his worth in England, he then moved to Real Madrid and despite being behind Raul and Ronaldo on the team-sheet, Owen still bagged 18 goals in 15 starts.

To find regular football, he moved to Newcastle United for £16m and his injuries began. His first injury was a broken metatarsal and this really spelt the end of his competitive career as he was then plagued by reoccurrence of the same injury - and could never acquire a lengthy spell without an injury.

So, from being one of the best strikers in the world, to a bench-warmer at Stoke City, injuries were the demon that Owen could not overcome.

Kieron Dyer

Although Dyer's attitude was questioned due to his off-the-field antics and infamous on-pitch incident with Newcastle United team-mate Lee Bowyer, his ability was never criticised.

He moved to Newcastle from youth team club Ipswich Town and obtained a bad-boy image before he left for £6m to West Ham.

This is when his injuries started as the talented England candidate played just 22 games in three-and-a-half years for his team and never played a full 90 minutes. Dyer is now at mid-table Championship club Middlesbrough.

Dean Ashton

Dean Ashton was yet another Crewe Alexandra success story as he impressed highly whilst playing for his academy club; so well that he earned a move to Premier League side Norwich City.

Despite various notable displays for the Canaries, Ashton was unable to prevent them from relegation. After that, Ashton then moved to West Ham and became an instant favourite.

However, whilst on England duty, he injured his ankle and never recovered. Despite that, Ashton incredibly managed to return to goalscoring form on almost every single infrequent game he played.

Ashton was forced to retire in December 2009.

Ledley King

Ledley King, the man with the most unfortunate knees in the world.

The Tottenham man was a strong England candidate and was seriously pushing for an international spot when he first injured his knee in 2006. This injury was to be an all-too common factor for King as the injuries reoccurred several times throughout his career, even stopping him from being able to train.

King was an esteemed player even whilst injured - a true professional.

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