Heskey retires from England duty

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Aston Villa and England striker Emile Heskey has announced his retirement from international football.

The 32-year-old's last appearance for his country was when he came on as a late substitute for Jermain Defoe in the calamitous 4-1 defeat to Germany in the last-16 of this summer's World Cup.

Heskey made his England debut against Hungary more than 11 years ago and scored seven goals in 62 appearances for his country.

He found the net in the famous 5-1 win against Germany in September 2001 but was criticised for his poor scoring record at international level.

On announcing his decision, Heskey said:"I have enjoyed every moment of my England career and worn the shirt with pride when 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 was also part of the England squad at the 2002 World Cup as well as the 2000 and 2004 European Championships.

He set up Steven Gerrard's goal in the 1-1 draw against the USA in South Africa and also started the match against Algeria but was dropped for the final group game against Slovenia, which England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Defoe.

At club level, Heskey played for Leicester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic before joining Villa.

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