Owen concedes he fell out of love with the game.
"The first half of it, I loved," he told the Daily Mail.
"Then I got slower. It hurt me massively. It did not put me off football. I adore the game. But playing and thinking (I wasn't the best) caused mental anguish. If I could have accepted not being that good, I'd have played until 36. I'm wired to be different."