Michael Owen says father was driving force and reveals son’s blindness

“My son’s got an eye condition,” says Owen, whose eldest daughter Gemma represents Britain at equestrianism.

“I’ve never said this. I don’t want a big headline.

“Clinically, he’s blind. He’s got Stargardt disease, a degeneration of his retina.

“I used to go and watch him and bollock him about his positioning.

“He can’t see the ball until it’s five yards away.

“As much as every father wants their son to play, it is almost a relief to me.”

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