Emile Heskey has today confirmed his retirement from international football. The news comes after England’s very disappointing performance in this summer’s World Cup Finals held in South Africa.
Heskey made 62 caps for his country and will be most remembered for scoring England’s fifth goal at Munich in their thrilling 5 – 1 win over Germany in the World Cup Qualification campaign under manager Sven Goran Eriksson.
But his retirement comes as Three Lions boss Fabio Capello looks very likely to introduce many young players into his team.
The Aston Villa striker said: “I have enjoyed every moment of my England career and have worn the shirt with pride. 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.”
As well as this summer’s campaign, Heskey was involved in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the European Championships of 2000 and 2004.
Though only scoring seven goals for England, his ability to create goals and link up well with his striking partners made him a good choice for England managers and caused headache’s for many international defenders.
Also announcing his international retirement today was French footballer and former Arsenal ace Thierry Henry. His departure from the France team comes only a day after he signed a multi-million pound year contract with the New York Red Bulls.