Wigan striker Heskey unfazed by England call

Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey returns to the England squad today with no doubts he can make a difference.

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Heskey won his last cap for England when Zinedine Zidane crushed the nation's hopes by scoring twice in the last minute for France at Euro 2004, but he has never given up hope of adding to his 43 caps.

His lack of goals - he has scored just five for England - has counted against him and the emergence of Wayne Rooney has pushed him out of the international picture.

Heskey said: "I still feel like I'm the same player as when I last played for England three years ago. I still believe in myself and I still believe that I'm a good player.

"I don't feel that I've changed much as a player, but I do have more experience now. I never doubted my ability, but the longer it goes without getting a call into the squad, the more you begin to wonder whether it will happen again.

"It's been three years since I last played for England and it's a long time. I kept hoping that it would happen and it's an opportunity for me to show that I'm good enough.

"I had no idea that I was under consideration by the England manager. I got a call late on Saturday evening from Steve McClaren and he told me I'd impressed him against Newcastle.

"It was a fantastic moment, but I'm not going to be fazed by it."

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