Stoke striker Michael Owen has blamed the growth of diving on the influx of foreign players - but admitted he has also gone to ground unnecessarily.
"It's worse than 10 years ago with the influence of players coming from South America, Spain and Italy," said Owen.
But he admitted he went down to win a penalty during a game against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup finals.
He told BBC Sport: "I was running flat out, got a nudge, went down. Could I have stayed up? Yeah, probably."
And he added: "Four years later I got a penalty, again against Argentina, and again I could have stayed on my feet."
The 32-year-old, speaking at the Leaders in Football conference, said the problem had "definitely" worsened over the course of his 15-year career and that English players had been influenced by those players signed from abroad.
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