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Heskey surprised at recall

03 Sep 2007 - 10:39:11

Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey has admitted his recall to the England set-up came as a complete surprise.

Heskey has been drafted into coach Steve McClaren's squad for the upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia.

The 29-year-old had been cast aside by former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson following Euro 2004, but believes his club form for the Latics over the past 18 months is deserving of an international recall.

The former Leicester City, Liverpool and Birmingham City hitman has scored just five times in 43 international appearances.

"It is a huge honour to be called up, but I have to admit it has come as a bit of a surprise to me," he told The Sun.

"I have gone on record as saying that I have never shut the door on England. However, it has been a long time between call-ups, so it is pleasing to be back.

"My only priority has been to do well with Wigan. I know that's a cliche, but it's true.

"But it's always been the case that if you are doing well for your club you have a chance of playing for your country.

"I have really enjoyed my football at Wigan over the last couple of seasons and that has shown in my performances.

"But I don't have any expectations other than to play my role as a squad player and do my best if called upon."


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