Heskey: England need to be clinical

The Three Lions made the perfect start against USA on Saturday

evening courtesy of Steven Gerrard’s well taken early goal.

However, England failed to add to their advantage and gifted Bob

Bradley’s side a leveller when Rob Green spilled Clint Dempsey’s

harmless shot. England missed good second half chances through

Heskey and substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips and the Aston Villa

hit-man knows things must improve. Heskey was clean through with

his chance and he credits USA keeper Tim Howard for spreading

himself and adopting the perfect position to block his effort. “It

was a bit of a frustrating game but we kept plugging away and

created chances,” said Heskey. “It was just disappointing that we

didn’t take some of the opportunities that came our way. The final

ball wasn’t as good as it should have been. “With my chance in the

second half, the keeper (Howard) stood up quite well. “I just tried

to get as much power behind it as possible because these balls do

move around. “He has done well but he is lucky it has caught him

right in the midriff but we kept plugging away and kept creating

chances. “Wazza (Wayne Rooney) had a shot which looked it was going

in but at the last minute it swerved a bit and went wide. That is

what these balls do.” Heskey was one of England’s stand-out

performers on Saturday with excellent hold-up play while he also

won countless headers against USA’s defence. The experienced

striker made England’s 23-man squad due to his partnership with

star man Wayne Rooney and the 32-year-old believes the pair have an

excellent understanding. “Whoever plays up front, you’ve got to

have a good understanding,” he continued. “In training we work on

it so we are prepared for every game. “I think as a team we were

pressing quite high up the pitch, and we got the early rewards from

that, so we have to keep doing that. “I just wanted to get hold of

the ball, bring players into the game, and we managed to do that.

“There is more to come from England. You always want to get off to

a good start and this was a reasonably good start. “We’ve got to

keep going, take the positives out of this game into the next

game.”