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Emile Heskey

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 21
  • Date of birth: 11 January, 1978 (32 years old)
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Emile Heskey
1|1 Emile Heskey
2 As substitute
38|23 Total England
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
4 Total England
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Emile Heskey
1 Emile Heskey
3 Total England
3 Total England
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
2|6 Emile Heskey
0|0 Emile Heskey
44|44 Total England
6|0 Total England
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

England games played

  1. England 1-1 United States
    Saturday, 12 June Match report
  2. England 0-0 Algeria
    Friday, 18 June Match report
  3. Slovenia 0-1 England
    Wednesday, 23 June Match report
  4. Germany 4-1 England
    Sunday, 27 June Match report

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The muscular centre-forward retains the faith of coach Fabio Capello despite struggling for a game at his club. He only started 16 league matches for Villa in 2009/10 and none after being injured on 24 March, his seven subsequent outings all coming as a substitute.

Jettisoned by England after a mistake against France at Euro 2004, Heskey has enjoyed an international renaissance since his recall in September 2007 and has forged an effective partnership with Wayne Rooney.

But his goalscoring record remains poor – prior to the start of the tournament, South American goalkeepers Rene Higuita and Jose Luis Chilavert had both scored one goal more in international football than Heskey’s seven.

Despite that, he has been a record signing for three clubs – Liverpool (£11m in 2001), Birmingham (£6.25m in 2004) and Wigan (£5.5m in 2006), having begun his career at Leicester.

Heskey was revealed as the England player who caused Capello to lose his temper by texting on his phone during a squad dinner in Ukraine last October. Phones are now banned at meal times.

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