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Heskey quits England

Emile Heskey has announced his retirement from international football after winning 62 caps and scoring seven goals for England.

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Heskey announced his decision after a disappointing World Cup campaign for the country as Fabio Capello's side were defeated 4-1 by Germany in the second round, with Heskey making an appearance as a 71st-minute substitute in Bloemfontein.

That would prove to be the last international contribution for a player who has at times been a divisive figure amongst supporters of the national side.

"I have enjoyed every moment of my England career and worn the shirt with pride every time I have been fortunate enough to have been selected," Heskey said.

"I would like to thank every manager I have played under, everyone at the FA and the fans for all their support over the years. I wish the management team and the playing squad all the best for the future."

Heskey made his debut for England in April 1999 during a friendly against Hungary in Budapest. Perhaps the highlight of his international career came in 2001 when he scored England's fifth goal in a 5-1 rout of Germany in Munich.

The Aston Villa striker appeared at the European Championships in 2000 and 2004 and also featured in the 2002 World Cup campaign as England were eliminated by Brazil in the quarter-finals.

But although he proved an effective foil for both Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney across his international career, Heskey's contribution was often questioned by supporters who highlighted his poor strike-rate in the England shirt.

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