New Aston Villa manager is confident that his side will reap the benefits of striker Emile Heskey having retired from international duty with England.
The 32-year-old frontman has scored twice in five games this season and Houllier has every faith in his former Liverpool charge.
He said:"He decided to stop his international career, so now it means he can repeat games for us.
"The whole England team suffered for what happened in South Africa.
"But, if you remember the game against Germany,and I was at it, if the goal from Lampard had been allowed it would have been 2-2 at half-time.
"Sometimes things go your way, sometimes they don't, but whatever you say about Emile he is a good man and a good player.
"I read a few things about what he said when he retired and it's very sensible what he said, that his time has gone now, he's 32-33, there are some young players coming through.
"Emile will be 100 per cent Villa and as the manager I am happy."