Heskey announces England retirement

LONDON,  (Reuters) – England striker Emile Heskey  announced his international retirement on Thursday after his  country’s disappointing World Cup campaign.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment of my England career, I’ve worn  the shirt with pride every time I’ve been fortunate enough to be  selected,” the 32-year-old Aston Villa player said in a  statement.

“I wish the management team and the playing squad all the  best for the future.”

Heskey made 62 appearances for England, scoring just seven  goals.

He drew a blank at the World Cup in South Africa, where he  missed a golden opportunity to score in the opening 1-1 draw  against the United States after setting up captain Steven  Gerrard for the first goal.

Despite frequently misfiring in front of goal, the muscular  striker found favour with various England managers including  Fabio Capello for his work rate on the pitch and role as a foil  for Wayne Rooney.

That proved ineffective at the World Cup, with Heskey  starting against the United States and Algeria in the group  stage before being dropped from the starting line-up against  Slovenia.

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