England World Cup squad: does Emile Heskey have a place in the fans' final 23?

27 May 2010 11:38
Fans have been voting in big numbers using Telegraph Sport's England World Cup squad selector and one man - Wayne Rooney - was head and shoulders above his fellow strikers in terms of votes. [LNB]But Heskey, his strike partner in qualification, is only rated fourth suggesting that he may have a minor struggle on his hands to make the final 23. [LNB]Most selected strikers 1. Wayne Rooney 2. Jermain Defoe 3. Peter Crouch4. Emile Heskey 5. Darren Bent [LNB]In favour Reputation - Heskey was a regular in qualification when England made the World Cup finals with the minimum of fuss. Why stray away from that?Enabler - Rooney has scored nine in nine under Capello playing almost exclusively with Heskey. The big man gets the best out of Rooney.Experience - Munich in 2001? Sapporo in 2002? Zagreb in 2008? All high-stakes England wins, all featured Heskey from the start. [LNB]Up against itForm - the less said about this the better. In the Premier League this season Heskey scored just three goals at a rate of 433 minutes per goal and a paltry chance conversion rate of 12 per cent.Rooney - for Manchester United this season Rooney has lead the line on his own and scored 34 goals in 44 competitive matches. Surely Capello should set up a system to allow his star man to try and replicate this form?Game time - Heskey only played 1,298 minutes for Aston Villa this season. There's keeping fresh and then there's warming the bench. Ivanhoe did the latter. [LNB]What do you think? Should Heskey go to the World Cup?[LNB]Get involved by making a comment below or using our England World Cup squad selector....[LNB][LNB]

Source: Telegraph