Heskey calls time on England career

Heskey calls time on England career

Published Jul. 15, 2010 9:41 a.m. ET

Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey will not be adding to his 62 England caps after today announcing his retirement from international football.

Heskey scored only seven goals for the national team but he remained a popular choice for several England managers and went into the World Cup as Wayne Rooney's first-choice partner.

The 32-year-old started the matches against the United States and Algeria in South Africa but was dropped for the final group game against Slovenia, which England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from his replacement Jermain Defoe.

Heskey said: "I have enjoyed every moment of my England career and worn the shirt with pride every time I have been fortunate enough to have been selected.


"I would like to thank every manager I have played under, everyone at The FA and the fans for all their support over the years.

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