WORLD CUP 2010: Emile Heskey tells critics - I do far more for England than score goals

10 June 2010 01:29
Emile Heskey has slammed critics of his goalscoring record, insisting his overall game merits a place in any starting line-up.

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The Aston Villa forward has netted just seven times in 58 games for England and has a club record of 144 goals in 641 matches.

But having brought out the best in Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, Heskey believes stats don't tell the whole story.

Heskey, who is tipped to start the World Cup clash with the US on Saturday, admitted: 'Forwards are judged on their goalscoring. But I like to think I bring a lot more to the game and I do get pleasure from assisting.

'I also get pleasure from being part of a winning side. I do sometimes think I could have done better in certain situationsand got a goal myself but that is part and parcel of the game.'

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The 32-year-old is still wracked with guilt over the tackle that ended England skipper's Rio Ferdinand's World Cup.

He fell on Ferdinand's leg during training and revealed: 'I spoke to Rio afterwards and he told me there was nothing I could do but it was still difficult for me.

'What happened was that I tried to turn the ball round the corner andfell backwards onto him but his leg was in a position where he couldn'tactually move it.

'There was nothing you could do. Knowing he is out of the World Cup was very difficult.

'He is our captain and has been a great player through the years for England and at club level. It was just one of those things.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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