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The BBC's Mike Ingham
"England look like they'll be employing a system unused by any of the top five teams in the Premiership"
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The BBC's Simon Brotherton
"I believe Heskey will play a similar role to that of Duncan Ferguson at Newcastle"
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The England coach Kevin Keegan
"Wise has been a model of consistency for Chelsea"
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The England captain Alan Shearer
"I've made no secret of the fact that I like playing alongside big men"
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Tuesday, 22 February, 2000, 20:30 GMT
Heskey and Wise named for England


All ears: Southgate and Keown listen to Keegan


Emile Heskey and Dennis Wise have been named in the England team to take on Argentina at Wembley on Wednesday.

Coach Kevin Keegan has chosen to ignore the misconduct charge currently hanging over Wise and his poor disciplinary record to give him his first start for his country since December 1995 against Portugal.

England XI
Seaman
Dyer
Southgate
Wise
Campbell
Keown
Beckham
Scholes
Shearer
Heskey
Wilcox
The Chelsea captain will be expected to take on the ball-winning role previously played by Paul Ince.

He will play alongside Manchester United playmakers David Beckham and Paul Scholes in a midfield trio at the heart of a 5-3-2 formation.

Keegan defended his selection of Wise saying: "I'm aware of what people have said.

"But one thing I think no-one will dispute is that week-in week-out, when he's playing for Chelsea, Dennis Wise is very consistent and very important to the way Chelsea play.

"And there's no reason why he can't transform that to England."

Wise: 'I trust him' says Keegan
In all Keegan has made five changes from the line-up which faced Scotland at Wembley last November.

Up front Keegan has opted for Heskey ahead of Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, the Premiership's leading goalscorer.

It will be the first time the powerful Leicester striker has started for England, although he has made four substitute appearances.

In the absence of injured Michael Owen, he will partner skipper Alan Shearer up front while the Newcastle striker's team-mate Kieron Dyer has also been given a place in the starting line up.

Dyer will play as right wing-back while Leeds' youngster Jason Wilcox will play on the opposite flank in the absence of injured Graeme Le Saux.

Heskey (l) gets his first start but Gareth Barry will have to wait
Wilcox has been included in an England line-up for the first time since he came on as a substitute against France under Howard Wilkinson just over 12 months ago.

His form since his recent move to Elland Road and his left-footed ability have earned him a recall at wing-back.

"I'm not expecting him to go out there and absolutely set the world on fire although that would be very nice," said Keegan.

"I want someone to work very hard and when he gets into position to deliver the quality crosses.

"If he can go out there and produce his Leeds form that will be good enough for me."

Wilcox will play outside a back three made up of Gareth Southgate, Sol Campbell and Martin Keown.

Andy Cole: On the bench
There is no place for Rio Ferdinand but he along with the likes of Gareth Barry and Phillips will be hoping to come off the bench at some stage.

Arsenal keeper David Seaman keeps his place in goal ahead of Nigel Martyn.

Keegan said he had not talked to Beckham - who will play in the centre of midfield - about the last time England played Argentina, when the Manchester United midfielder was sent off for retaliation in the World Cup.

"We have not really spoken about it.

"But what he's done in training and his attitude tells me he wants to play and that he fancies having a go in that midfield.

"It will be no surprise if he goes in and masters it because he is such a talent.

Keegan said this was his last chance to experiment before making decisions ahead of this summer's Euro 2000 tournament.

"I've been able to pick the side I want and this time I've no excuses."

England team:

David Seaman; Gareth Southgate, Sol Campbell, Martin Keown, Kieron Dyer, Dennis Wise, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Jason Wilcox, Emile Heskey, Alan Shearer.

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