Gary Cahill believes Fabio Capello was wrong to cut Kevin Davies from his latest England squad.
The Bolton defender believes his team-mate is one of the best strikers in the Premier League, and certainly better than some of those called upon for international duty.
Both Davies and Cahill were included in an original 28-man squad ahead of Saturday's friendly date with Slovakia and next Wednesday's 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
However, neither made it into the final party, leaving Cahill to reflect on what might have been.
"I'd much rather face (Emile) Heskey than Davo," he said.
"You can't get into a tussle or a fight with him. You're never going to win.
"How do you play against him? You haven't got much of a chance. He's a great player to have in your team.
"He is a real handful and plays differently to other strikers. I've seen him bully a few top-class centre-halves this season because he's so awkward.
"He's a handful even in training. I remember playing against him earlier in my career when I was a young lad and marking him was so tough."
While disappointed to have missed out on England selection, Cahill accepts
that Bolton's recent poor form has done himself and Davies no favours.
"When you're in a winning team, players look better," he added.
"It's no coincidence that the players who are usually talked up for an England place are playing in a team that is winning games.
"If you're losing then you never get a mention."