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By ESPN Staff

Heskey: I deserve to start for England

Emile Heskey believes he has done enough to warrant keeping his starting place up front for England.

The 29-year-old played for England for the first time in three years in the victories over Israel and Russia which revived England's hopes of qualifying for next year's European Championships.

The Wigan striker linked up well with Michael Owen, but Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit again to face Estonia in October.

But Heskey told BBC's Football Focus: 'I feel I've done enough to deserve to start the next game.'

'You have got to look at the team and the squad that coach Steve McClaren picks and you must pick the right team to play the opposition.

'I did what I had to do against Russia, but there's a lot more to come from me.

'But as a player you want to start all the time, definitely.

'You go to any player and ask them if they want to start and they are not worth having in the squad if they want to sit on the bench.'

With Liverpool's Crouch and Tottenham Jermain Defoe spending most of the season so far on the bench, Heskey's regular Barclays Premier League appearances with Wigan work as a huge credit to the hitman.

And the former Leicester, Liverpool and Birmingham striker believes he can offer even more following his recall to the England squad.

He added: 'To be honest, I think there is still a lot more to come from me.

'I did what I had to do against Russia, I would probably give myself a seven out of 10 for my performance.

'I know I have got more than that. But for that game it was ideal that I played in that way.'