Emile Heskey Retires 1 Goal Shy of 2 Goalkeepers

Much has been made of Emile Heskey’s call ups to the England national team over the years. Criticised by many England fans, the current Aston Villa striker has called it quits on national football after a dreadful World Cup campaign. His last game for England, coming on as a substitute when 4-1 down to Germany.

Since leaving Liverpool 6 years ago following a big money move from Liverpool, his career has been full of wasted chances and less work ethic. A player who use to cause defences problems with his size and strength, Heskey has been falling over shadows for a long while now.

Hot property after four full seasons at Leicester City in the Premier League, Emiles Heskey made an £11,000,000 move to Liverpool in March 2000. He scored more goals in his first full season at Liverpool than at any other point in his career. This included his only professional hat trick in a 4-0 drubbing of Derby County at Pride Park.

A month before that he played in England’s 5-1 thrashing of Germany in Munich in which Heskey himself scored England’s final goal. A game in which all 5 goals were scored by Liverpool players. A two-time winner of the League Cup with both Leicester City and Liverpool, Emile Heskey’s trophy cabinet includes FA Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners medals. His goal against Denmark in the 2002 World Cup also means he has more World Cup goals than Wayne Rooney. Heskey use to scare defences… nearly a decade ago.

As a striker, he had the privilege of partnering Wayne Rooney in the 2010 World Cup having scored just 3 league goals domestically all season. He was ahead of Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent to name just two in the pecking order. A player who has played for England under 6 managers, there was something he was doing right that most of us could not see. Making his England debut in 1999, his England career has spanned over 3 decades; an achievement even David Beckham hasn’t matched. He wasn’t all that bad was he?

In 62 international appearances for England, Emile Heskey has scored just 7 goals. While some of those appearances include playing on the left wing, predominantly as a striker, his record is woeful. He had just 27 shots on target whilst wearing an England shirt. He has even scored less goals internationally than both Jose Luis Chilavert and Rene Higuita. They were goalkeepers.

Currently contracted at Aston Villa, Emile Heskey has been rumoured with moves away from the club this summer. At 32 years of age, his Premier League days are numbered.