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Yes its an easy joke but surely one that merrits serious pondering?
7 goals from 62 caps for a striker in an abysmal record whatever way you look at it. Yes people might say he brought more to the team than just goals, but what exactly? He was supposed to bring out the best in Wayne Rooney, while that may have been true in a handful of qualifyers it certainly wasn’t evident in South Africa.
The fact that he has hardly played for Aston Villa this season probably hasn’t helped his recent form, argugably his best spell for England (and the few games that he did actually click with Rooney) were whilst he was playing for Wigan. At the JJB he was a big fish in a little pond. That suited Heskey, boosted his confidence and for a while turned him into a half decent player. Whizz forward 18 months to the World cup and we saw that old familier Heskey, a ‘Big Man’ who fell over in the slightest breeze.
So farewell Emile at least you’ll always have September 1st 2001 to look back on. it may be a case of jumping before you’re pushed but when you’re losing to your arch rivals and in desperate need of 2 goals to draw level, the decision to bring Heskey on to get those goals means he’s not the only one who should maybe consider their retirement.
Good luck to both Holland and Spain. It will be nice to see a new name claiming the golden prize.
Despite drawing Spain in the office sweepstake I’ll be backing Holland as in my opinion they’ve played the sexiest football throughout this rather unsexy tournament, especially when compared to Spain’s quite surpirsing sterile approach. There hasn’t been so many one-nils since George Graham’s days at the Library.
If the rumours are true and Wesley Sneijder does indeed join Manchester United this summer I’ll be ecstatic. Although I can’t help thinking I’m deluding myself if I think the Glazers are willing to shell out that sort of transfer money. Maybe Fergie has managed to pursued his old mucka Rafa to do a straight swap for Berbatov.