Owen, now playing for Stoke City, said he was ‘guilty’ of going to ground to win penalties for England in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.
He made the point that he didn’t dive in the two incidents, as there’s a difference between going down and diving, which Louis Suarez and others have been widely condemned for.
Owen was speaking on a panel at the Leaders in Football Conference at Stamford Bridge, alongside the world’s once top referee, Italian Pierluigi Collina,
‘It is in our game, it is happening so fast these days that it is virtually impossible to see whether there was contact,’ Owen said..
‘I’d say that 75 per cent of people could stay on their feet for a penalty, and if they get touched and go down it is almost, ‘Hey got touched so it’s okay to go down’.
‘I have been guilty as well, I played at the 1998 World Cup against Argentina