World Cup 2010 - Heskey calls time on England career

Eurosport - Thu, 15 Jul 13:14:00 2010

Emile Heskey has retired from international football after 11 years in the England team, following a disappointing World Cup.

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The 32-year-old won 62 caps, scoring seven goals, and featured in all four of England's matches in South Africa.

Heskey started against USA and Algeria, but found himself dropped to the bench against Slovenia, when his replacement Jermain Defoe scored the only goal.

The Aston Villa striker made his final appearance as a late substitute against Germany, when England were already 4-1 down, a move by Fabio Capello widely derided in light of Heskey's modest goalscoring record.

Despite his low strike rate, Heskey has been a key component of the England side over the last decade, and was a particular favourite of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello, who admired his work rate and ability to hold up the ball.

In a statement, Heskey said: "I have enjoyed every moment of my England career and worn the shirt with pride every time I have been fortunate enough to have been selected.

"I would like to thank every manager I have played under, everyone at the FA and the fans for all their support over the years.

"I wish the management team and the playing squad all the best for the future."

Heskey made his debut in a friendly against Poland in 1999, and went on to play at two World Cups and two European Championships.

Perhaps his finest moment came in Munich in 2001, when he scored England's final goal in the 5-1 drubbing of Germany.


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