England striker Emile Heskey has announced his retirement from International Football following a disappointing 2010 World Cup campaign. He has never been a prolific scorer at club level managing 113 goals in 499 matches so far (around 1 in every 5 games) in a career which has spanned Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan & Aston Villa. At international level his record is even worse with only 7 goals in 62 senior appearances, which is less than Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert who managed 8 including 4 in their 2002 world Cup Qualifying campaign.
Still it is unfair to criticize his goal record too much given the role he is often asked to play for England, which is more conducive to setting up chances for his team mates than for grabbing the glory himself.
Overall he will not go down in history as one of England’s star names but the fact he gained 62 caps despite his scoring record speaks volumes about the regard he was held in by successive England managers.
His overall Record at International Level was:
England U18 – 8 Caps – 5 Goals
England U21 – 16 Caps – 6 Goals
England B- 1 Cap – 1 Goal
Full England Team – 62 Caps – 7