Aston Villa striker Heskey retires from England setup

Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has announced his international retirement.

Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has announced his international retirement.

The 32-year-old won 62 caps for England, scoring seven times, and was a part of Fabio Capello's squad at the World Cup.

Heskey started the matches against the United States and Algeria in South Africa but was dropped for the final group game against Slovenia, which England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from his replacement Jermain Defoe.

While his contribution to the Three Lions cause was often questioned by supporters, he remained a popular choice for several England managers.

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."

 
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