Wigan's Heskey backing Owen-Rooney combo

Crocked Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey is confident Manchester United's Wayne Rooney can act as the ideal foil for Michael Owen in England's attack.

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Heskey admits he is disappointed to be unavailable for England's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia, having made a successful return to the team last month.

But he has backed Owen and Rooney to fire England to six points from their next two games.

He explained: "I'm delighted to see Michael back - the last thing he needed was another long lay-off.

"England need him because at the minute, strikers are dropping like flies, but Michael and Wayne can work together up front - they have before.

"They are international class players who play in the Champions League, so they should be good together."

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