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Wayne Rooney remains an England enigma, 10 years after his spectacular start

Decade of hit and miss: Rooney remains an England enigma, 10 years after his spectacular start

but was his
first goal at a major international tournament for eight years.

Red mist: Rooney was sent off last time he played in Montenegro

Red mist: Rooney was sent off last time he played in Montenegro

Heads we win: Rooney returned to the team after suspension to score against Ukraine

Heads we win: Rooney returned to the team after suspension to score against Ukraine

Samba beaten: Rooney also scored in last month's friendly victory over Brazil

Samba beaten: Rooney also scored in last month's friendly victory over Brazil

Unfortunately, the red cards against Portugal and Montenegro spring more readily to mind.

He compares well with Owen, another teenage prodigy. Rooney has seven fewer goals in 10 fewer games, a ratio he should be confident of boosting tomorrow against San Marino, ranked the world’s worst international team by FIFA.

Beyond this, Rooney’s contribution cannot simply be calculated by goals. He has been up front alone, in a pair, in the hole off the front man and, occasionally, wide. You can even throw in the odd cameo in midfield.

He craves involvement, ever willing to do a job in a different system. It is still the way at Manchester United. Picked against Real Madrid away, he was dropped at home. Is this evidence of his slow conversion from playmaker to workhorse

Workhorse Are Rooney's talents being wasted

Workhorse Are Rooney's talents being wasted

Superstar: Rooney was the sensation of the tournament at Euro 2004

Superstar: Rooney was the sensation of the tournament at Euro 2004

New hero: Rooney's emergence suggested England possessed a world beater

New hero: Rooney's emergence suggested England possessed a world beater

International awakening: Rooney also excelled a year before that, on his competitive debut against Turkey

International awakening: Rooney also excelled a year before that, on his competitive debut against Turkey

Time to celebrate: Rooney has been a regular for England since that star turn against Turkey

Time to celebrate: Rooney has been a regular for England since that star turn against Turkey

Fabio Capello perhaps came closer than others to unlocking the secret for England. Rooney scored half of his 24 competitive England goals for Capello. Nine of them came in nine qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, playing up front with Emile Heskey.

But he travelled to South Africa with questions surrounding his fitness and, it would later emerge, his head in a spin from personal issues.

Under the pressure of comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he cut an angry figure, swearing at a female linesman in a practice match, scrawling abusive messages on his golf shoes and sounding off into a TV camera about England fans who booed the team after a goalless draw against Algeria.

Rooney went a year without a goal for England while strike partners came and went: Bobby Zamora, Peter Crouch, Darren Bent, Kevin Davies, Ashley Young, Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck have all had a go since the last World Cup.

Out of form: Ashley Young

Out of form: Ashley Young

Good foil Danny Welbeck

Good foil Danny Welbeck

Forgotten man: Darren Bent

Forgotten man: Darren Bent

When Hodgson took the job last year, he was unequivocal about his star man. ‘We all know Rooney is best as a No 10,’ he said.

‘The fact he’s such a good player and can play in other positions, that’s another matter. From my conversations with him, from all the games I’ve watched him play, he’s extremely dangerous as a second striker.’

Last month, in a friendly against Brazil, Rooney was the spearhead in a 4-3-3 shape designed to accommodate Jack Wilshere. The experiment worked well and the most encouraging aspect of the 2-1 victory was the way that Wilshere, Rooney and Tom Cleverley combined.

Will Hodgson stick to this shape with Wilshere injured or take a step back In two qualifiers with Rooney available in this World Cup campaign, he played in tandem with Welbeck against San Marino and Jermain Defoe in Poland.

Missing link: England are to be without Jack Wilshere

Missing link: England are to be without Jack Wilshere

Again, his flexibility does not help Rooney stamp his identity on an England team.

Gerrard may sympathise — it has happened to him too — and will have his own views on why the 17-year-old who made such an impact on his full England debut did not break into the world elite where Messi and Ronaldo reside.

At 27, Rooney can still leave his mark on international football and paste new images over those red-mist moments with some unforgettable goals.

Where better to start than San Marino Where better to prove a point on Tuesday than Montenegro, scene of his last England meltdown Where better to make an impression than a World Cup in Brazil

VIDEO: SCOTT PARKER DISCUSSES ENGLAND V SAN MARINO

David Beckham: No PSG offer, says Carlo Ancelotti

Non merci, Beckham! PSG chief Ancelotti denies move for outgoing LA Galaxy ace

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19:30 GMT, 20 November 2012

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Paris Saint-Germain have denied making an offer for David Beckham.

The former England captain has been linked with a move to the mega-rich French side after announcing he's leaving LA Galaxy next month.

But manager Carlo Ancelotti has denied interest in Beckham.

Bend it like Beckham: PSG have denied interest in the LA Galaxy star

Bend it like Beckham: PSG have denied interest in the LA Galaxy star

No move: Ancelotti has denied making an approach for Beckham whom he worked alongside at AC Milan

No move: Ancelotti has denied making an approach for Beckham whom he worked alongside at AC Milan

The former Chelsea manager said on Tuesday: 'We haven't made an offer, good luck to him.'

PSG have emerged as the early frontrunners for Beckham's signature.

Speculation surrounding his next move is already gathering pace and Ancelotti – who worked with Beckham at AC Milan in 2009 – was thought to be keen to reignite a bid for the midfielder's services after he turned down a move to the French capital last year.

David Beckham

Time's up: Beckham wants to 'experience one last challenge' before hanging up his boots

Where next for Becks

Australia

The A-League are desperate for more high-profile signings to follow the likes of Emile Heskey and Alessandro Del Piero. Seven of the 10 top-flight clubs have been linked with the midfielder.

Brazil

The Becks factor would be a massive PR boost in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup finals and the 2016 Olympic Games.

China

Another country looking to promote their domestic competition. The signings of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba show they mean business.

Paris St Germain

The money-bags French club thought they had signed Beckham 12 months ago after agreeing to pay him 670,000 a month but the deal was never signed.

New York

Becks may decide to stay in America so his wife can pursue her fashion career. Their three sons are also settled in America.
so his wife can pursue her fashion career

Leyton Orient

Could his last challenge be to try and take his hometown club to the Premier League

The 37-year-old is in line to end his six-year Galaxy stay in style as they defend their title against the Houston Dynamo on December 1 before seeking to extend his playing career elsewhere.

He told the Major League Soccer website: 'I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.'

Although Beckham had an option on his contract, signed in January, for another year with the Galaxy, his decision to leave is no great surprise.

Football Federation Australia last week claimed they had been approached by the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star's camp with a view to the player spending a short stint in the A-League, though his spokesman described that as 'rubbish'.

Perth Glory – one of the clubs to express an interest when the links with Beckham going Down Under first emerged – were quick to go public again this morning, tweeting: 'David Beckham has confirmed the MLS Cup final will be his last game for the Galaxy. The race is on.'

Melbourne Heart have also confirmed they will try to lure Beckham to the A-League club. Chief executive Scott Munn said the club planned to offer the midfielder a 10 week contract worth around 1million but they faced competition from Perth Glory plus others from around the world.

Munn told Fox News: 'We're putting forward an offer, it's compelling and the opportunity is here for him to come here. 'That is absolutely legitimate. Let's let David get through next week, play the final of the MLS and hopefully he'll have a win. Then I'm sure he'll assess every offer.'

China, the United Arab Emirates, Paris, England and even Brazil have been mentioned as potential destinations but wherever he goes, it will bring to an end an eventful career in MLS which saw the midfielder become the face of a new era for the sport in North America.

Emile Heskey scores twice for Newcastle Jets on A-League Heskey Cam debut

Strewth! Treat for Heskey Cam viewers as English frontman scores twice in Jets victory over Melbourne

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11:14 GMT, 26 October 2012

Australian football fans who tuned in for the first ever broadcast of Heskey Cam were treated to a double from the Englishman as the Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne Victory 2-1.

Fox Sports gave viewers the option of tracking Heskey's every movement via a red button feed and he didn't disappoint.

Heskey, who is the top scorer in the
A-League at the moment, now has as many goals for Newcastle as he
managed in in his last two seasons at Villa.

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At the Double! Emile Heskey scored twice as the Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne Victory 2-1 on Friday

At the Double! Emile Heskey scored twice as the Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne Victory 2-1 on Friday

Popular addition: Heskey's first was a tap-in at the near post, while his second was a volley

Popular addition: Heskey's first was a tap-in at the near post, while his second was a volley

Treat: Fox Sports viewers were given the option of tracking Heskey's every move on a special camera feed

Treat: Fox Sports viewers were given the option of tracking Heskey's every move on a special camera feed

In a laboured and goalless first half in
which both strike forces struggled to make an impression, Heskey only
touched the ball a few times and was unable to create any clear cut
chances.

But the former Liverpool, Leicester City and Aston Villa frontman came to life after the break.

First, he stretched out his right leg at the near post to turn home a low right-wing cross from Joshua Brillante and score his third goal for the Jets.

And a fourth followed a minute later when Heskey doubled his tally with a volley over his shoulder from six yards.

Top scorer: Heskey now has four goals in three games for the Jets, making him the league's top scorer

Top scorer: Heskey now has four goals in three games for the Jets, making him the league's top scorer

New lease of life: Heskey's form is a far cry from his time at Aston Villa

New lease of life: Heskey's form is a far cry from his time at Aston Villa

ARE YOU WATCHING, ROY

Heskey, with four goals in three games, is in better form than all of the England strikers. But will Roy Hodgson be heading Down Under soon

Wayne Rooney – 2 goals in 8 club matches

Danny Welbeck – 1 in 12

Jermain Defoe – 5 in 12

Daniel Sturridge – 1 in 6

Andy Carroll – 0 in 6

Archie Thompson, the man who once scored 13 goals in a game for Australia against American Samoa, pulled one back for the Victory shortly afterwards.

Heskey was taken off after 84minutes to a rapturous reception from the home fans and the camera switched to former Leeds United and Sunderland player Michael Bridges.

Heskey joined his teammates in a post-match lap of honour as they celebrated a third win from four in the A-League.

In all, Heskey had three shots, scored twice, strayed offside once, conceded two fouls and was fouled once.

VIDEO: Heskey volleys home his second of the game

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English football can teach Serbia how to tackle racism – Martin Samuel

English football can teach Serbia how to tackle racism

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22:24 GMT, 17 October 2012

It is not always easy being the man in the Football Association blazer.

In Bulgaria, in 2011, a section of the home crowd targeted Ashley Young with racist abuse.

After the game, FA officials made it plain to UEFA and their Bulgarian counterparts that this was unacceptable. They wished to complain. They wished to file a report. This was met with incomprehension. It was only a small section of the crowd, the FA were told.

Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England, remembers it differently. 'It was pretty much all of one stand,' he told me in Krakow last summer, during the European Championship.

Base values: Tom Ince is hit by a stone in the chaos on Tuesday

Base values: Tom Ince is hit by a stone in the chaos on Tuesday

The FA, like many, did not know at the time what to expect in Poland and Ukraine. In the end, the tournament passed off with very little incident.
That does not mean the problem in some corners of eastern Europe has gone away, however.

As was proved during the London Olympics, people are on their best behaviour when the eyes of the world are watching. Serbia could quite possibly hold an uneventful major tournament, too.

Ethics, however, are what we do when nobody is watching: and UEFA Under 21 matches exist in relative obscurity.

Audio footage and eyewitness accounts suggest a lot of people took the opportunity to be overtly racist in Krusevac on Tuesday. A lot.

So what will UEFA do this time Another 16,000 fine, as happened in 2007

Those who were present in Barcelona on March 29, 2000, when England defeated Yugoslavia 3-0 in a European Under 21 Championship play-off, will recall it was no better for Emile Heskey that night, either.

And this is the problem the FA face. This country is miles ahead in its attitude to racism. Years of a zero-tolerance approach has evolved English football to such an extent that it can name and shame almost on an individual basis.

When a Liverpool fan was suspected of racist abuse in the aftermath of the Luis Suarez affair, it was back-page news. One fan.

Disgrace: Rose was targeted and there were extensive scuffles at full time

Disgrace: Rose was targeted and there were extensive scuffles at full time

Disgrace: Rose was targeted and there were extensive scuffles at full time

It would be impossible to identify all of those willing to taunt Danny Rose with monkey chants in Krusevac; there were simply too many.

This makes it awkward for the FA. They arrive in certain countries with their heightened sensibilities and are treated like malcontents.

Bevington said that when the chanting began in Sofia, FA officials were checking and double-checking with each other to ensure they were not mishearing. They knew any protest would be initially doubted. So it was in Serbia.

The hosts are refusing to entertain accusations of racist behaviour and the match officials, from Turkey, would appear to be hard of hearing, too. Listen to the audio. It happened.

We are further on than many of our hosts. The idea of a large group targeting one player for his ethnicity horrifies us.

We are appalled by the backlash against Patrice Evra and Anton Ferdinand, or by the thought that a section of the crowd at Millwall went after Marvin Sordell of Bolton Wanderers when he visited The Den on October 6.

In Bulgaria that night and perhaps in Serbia, too, unless half of the stadium had joined in, the boneheads could be dismissed as a minority, even if that minority was in the hundreds or thousands.

David James, the former England goalkeeper, made a point about racism in English football last week and was not thanked for his outspokenness.

Melee: The situation boiled over after England scored a late winner in Kusevac

Melee: The situation boiled over after England scored a late winner in Kusevac

Melee: The situation boiled over after England scored a late winner in Kusevac

'I think the organisations that have done so much good combating racism on the terraces are still employed looking for stuff to shout about,' he said. 'I think that some people have an agenda to keep themselves in existence.'

Whether one agrees or not, this shows the extent to which the conversation has developed in English football. We are now at the stage of discussing nuance. The worth of pressure groups; the rehabilitation of miscreants; crime and punishment.

We are still behind the United States, where there is a black president, a black first family, and a significant number of black professionals in the top jobs and dining in every upscale restaurant, but we have moved on from an era when people needed telling it was not right to compare black men to monkeys.

Is James correct Is a pressure group like Kick It Out increasingly redundant Yes and no.

While there are still only four black managers in the English game and few black executives, no one could suggest there are not legitimate questions to be asked.

Yet for every individual race case to become this disproportionate media storm of soundbites and grand-standing is ultimately counter-productive — do we really need to hear from Lord Triesman on a daily basis once again

The investigations into the actions of Suarez and Terry were necessary. But the furore around the cases and the length of time taken to reach a resolution, with the many claims and rebuttals, has not aided football.

What next UEFA has launched an investigation into events in Serbia

What next UEFA has launched an investigation into events in Serbia

If anything, views have become more entrenched and more extreme. Ferdinand was booed during a Premier League game at West Bromwich Albion this month, when the issue is nothing to do with that club.

The total eradication of racist thought would be a utopian aim for society and it is for football, too. There will always be one guy, one girl, who has missed the meeting.

The process should be punishment, education and rehabilitation, not some never-ending media circus.

It is the first anniversary of Terry’s clash with Ferdinand next Tuesday and, as of yesterday, we still do not know if he intends to appeal against his FA suspension and fine. The case has lasted close to seven months longer than the Battle of Stalingrad.

Many will argue that what happened on Tuesday night in Serbia undermines James’ point about pressure groups but, in some ways, it could also be interpreted as supporting it. Individuals, we can handle. We can discipline them, we can educate.

The real pressure is needed when broader society is missing the point, as happened in Serbia, where the abuse directed at Rose was not even an issue yesterday.

The deluded statement of the Serbian federation would be laughable, were it not so dangerous. This is a country without racial diversity. The dialogue, the gradual evolution that is part of British life is only now beginning to take place. And paltry fines from UEFA are not going to accelerate that process.

A bold move – matches behind closed doors, exclusion from the next major UEFA tournament, the 2016 European Championship – would ensure the opening of an urgent conversation.

The poorest behaviour during the match in Krusevac came from the supporters, not the Serbia players, but even so there was little empathy on the pitch.

At the Ryder Cup in Chicago last month, when the home crowd overstepped the mark in their treatment of the visiting Europeans, invariably an American player stepped in to restore decorum and good sportsmanship.

The Serbia players may not have abused Rose, but their aggressive actions following his dismissal indicated that they did not understand why he was upset. If UEFA or FIFA flexed some muscle, there would have to be change.

Indeed, until the FA receives support from the governing bodies of world and European football, it remains hard to see how there can be any improvement. The make-up of Serbian society is not yet conducive to the discourse that needs to take place.

UEFA can change this and, if they just listened, the FA, while not perfect, could show them how. From this nadir, the monkey chanters must evolve.

Emile Heskey loses on A-League debut

Heskey makes losing start in Australia as Newcastle Jets are brought down by Adelaide

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14:43 GMT, 7 October 2012

Emile Heskey failed to make his mark on his A-League debut as Newcastle Jets lost at home to Adelaide united.

The former England striker, who has only been in Australia for 10 days, played 70 minutes and managed a couple of shots on goal.

But he could not prevent his new employers from slipping to a 2-0 defeat, Dario Vidosic and Iain Ramsay on target for the visitors.

Slow start: Emile Heskey and Newcastle lost to Adelaide United

Slow start: Emile Heskey and Newcastle lost to Adelaide United

Clatter: Keeper Eugene Galekovic feels the full force of a Heskey challenge

Clatter: Keeper Eugene Galekovic feels the full force of a Heskey challenge

Former Italy and Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero was also on the losing side as Sydney FC lost 2-0 to Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.

The 37-year-old showed some superb touches and quick feet but it was Stein Huysegems and Louis Fenton who grabbed the goals.

Still got it: Alessandro Del Piero showed some nice touches for Sydney FC

Still got it: Alessandro Del Piero showed some nice touches for Sydney FC

Del Piero said: 'I am not satisfied – we lost but it was the first match. 'We need to do hard training, day by day, and think of the next game.

'After 10 matches, we can talk in general, but not now.

'I'm Okay. I played 90 minutes but I need to do better. I need to improve. I'm enjoying it, but not the result.'

Star attraction: Del Piero was the one the fans all wanted a glimpse of

Star attraction: Del Piero was the one the fans all wanted a glimpse of

Emile Heskey"s sons come out to play in Newcastle Jets shirts

Like father, like sons: Heskey's boys strut their stuff in Newcastle Jets strips

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11:56 GMT, 28 September 2012

Emile Heskey may have moved to Australia to play for the Newcastle Jets, but maybe in a few years his name will be on the back of an England shirt once more.

Not Emile's specifically of course, because although he is setting off on a new venture Down Under it would take the most dramatic striking crisis of all time to see him earn a Three Lions recall.

But his sons Reigan and Jaden got kitted up and came out to strut their stuff as Heskey met his Jets team-mates and did some training and a photoshoot at Hunter Stadium while his fiance Chantelle Tagoe watched.

Reigan Heskey (L) and Jaden Heskey (R)

Reigan Heskey leaves his brother for dead

In his father's image: Emile Heskey's sons kick a ball about… and Reigan powers past his brother Jaden

Foul, ref! Jaden lies down on the turf

Foul, ref! Jaden lies down on the turf

Heskey looking thoughtful

Reigan on the ball

It was, in fact, for family reasons that Heskey decided to move to the Jets.

'They spoke to me about being a
family-oriented club, and I'm from Leicester so I know what that feels
like and that's where it all started for me,' explained Heskey.

'I had interest from Greece, Turkey; I know this is a little bit further away but it's something that just felt right.'

The 34-year-old has taken Australia by
storm with sales of his No 9 shirt so high that stocks have run out and
5,000 more ordered in.

Family fun: Chantelle Tagoe, Heskey's fiancee, with the boys

Family fun: Chantelle Tagoe, Heskey's fiancee, with the boys

Linked up: Heskey joins his Newcastle Jets team-mates

Linked up: Heskey joins his Newcastle Jets team-mates

Heskey with his team-mates

In joining the Jets Heskey will link up with former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges – remember him

Although often a figure of fun in
England due to his low goalscoring rate, Heskey is now one of the
A-League's biggest stars, along with Alessandro Del Piero, who has just
signed for Sydney.

The striker, who scored seven goals in 62 England games believes he'll be able to find the net more regularly in a Jets shirt.

Heskey said: 'I know there's a lot of talent here, but hopefully I can slot in and do well.

Icon: Heskey has sent Jets fans wild

Icon: Heskey has sent Jets fans wild

Heskey photoshoot

'I know everyone around the world
watches the Premier League. But you don't realise how big it is because
you're still in that bubble, until you come out of it you don't actually
realise how big it is.

'Even before (Del Piero) there were
players coming down here like 'Yorkey', who I spoke to about it and he
loved it. Robbie Fowler loved it.

'I know Harry Kewell, obviously he's
Aussie but he absolutely loved it as well. Franny Jeffers came as well.
So players like that, there will be more and more coming over here.'

There it is! Heskey finds the goal

There it is! Heskey finds the goal

Emile Heskey Newcastle Jets shirts sold out

Heskey fever takes over Down Under with Jets No 9 shirts sold out within a week

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15:22 GMT, 27 September 2012

Newcastle Jets have already sold out their first batch of Emile Heskey replica shirts as the hysteria surrounding the striker’s transfer shows no sign of slowing down.

The A-League side revealed they have ordered 5,000 more Heskey No 9 strips to meet the incredible demand.

Heskey’s arrival comes a week after Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero signed for rival side Sydney FC.

Want one of these Emile Heskey's Jets shirts have sold out

Want one of these Emile Heskey's Jets shirts have sold out

Del Piero’s side reported that ticket sales for their opening game was ten times greater than last season and Heskey’s transfer looks like it has provided a similar boost to the Newcastle Jets.

Less than a week after the former England international’s arrival, more than 1,000 Jets fans have signed up as new members.

It is estimated that the club will have an 11,000-strong membership base by the time the season kicks off – 2,000 greater than last season.

The Jets coach, Gary van Egmond, told Foxsports he was excited about Heskey’s arrival and the impact that he would have on the club.

'It’s fantastic, he ticks all the boxes in a footballing sense with his ability and experience.

'From a commercial and marketing point of view, he's going to be a great fit.'

Fanatic support: Alessandro Del Piero has taken Australia by storm

Fanatic support: Alessandro Del Piero has taken Australia by storm

Van Egmond was also hopeful that Heskey will be in good condition when he arrives in Australia on Friday.

'We are obviously all hoping he is going to be ready to go. From my understanding, he's been training at Wigan and has kept himself in really good nick.

'Everyone's hopeful it's all OK and he's in decent shape but as I say, we can't do anymore at this stage except wait until we see him in the flesh and then go from there.'

The club's Swiss defender Dominik Ritter was equally as excited and could not wait to play alongside his new teammate.

'When I came here, I didn't know much about Australian football,' he said.

'Then a couple of weeks ago, Del Piero signed [with Sydney FC] and everyone from Switzerland, my family and friends, all texted me saying how great it was.

'Now Emile Heskey is coming to play with me and my team. It's very, very exciting.'

Emile Heskey joins Newcastle Jets in Australia

Heskey joins Newcastle! That's the Newcastle Jets in Australia

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23:37 GMT, 20 September 2012

Former England striker Emile Heskey has signed for the Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League.

The former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker's signing was confirmed by Newcastle after the 34-year-old signed a deal for the 2012-2013 season which begins next month.

Capped 62 times by England, Heskey scored 110 goals in 516 games in the Premier League during a 17-year career in England.

Heading to a land Down Under: Heskey is joining A League side Newcastle

Heading to a land Down Under: Heskey is joining A League side Newcastle

Newcastle chief executive Robbie Middleby said: 'Emile has played our game at the highest level in England, both internationally and domestically, and he finished last season playing with Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

'We are aware that Emile had other offers but he is genuinely excited to be a part of what we want to achieve at the Jets.

'Emile's relationship with former English Premier League players Michael Bridges and Robbie Fowler assisted him in understanding what the A-League has to offer.'

Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond added: 'His effectiveness in being able to hold the ball up and invite other players to play off him is going to be a big benefit to us.

Glory days: Heskey was a regular with the England squad

Glory days: Heskey was a regular with the England squad

'He's someone who can really lead the line and is exactly what we've been missing.'

Heskey said: 'This is an exciting new period in my life and I am looking forward to making a special contribution to the A-League and most importantly to the Jets.

'I hope I can help grow football at the grassroots level and also provide advice to young players at the Jets.'

Heskey was part of the Liverpool team which won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in the 2000-2001 season and appeared in two World Cups for England.

Emile Heskey set to join Newcastle Jets in Australia

Heskey Jets in to sign for Newcastle (no, not that one… the team Down Under)

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08:28 GMT, 19 September 2012


Heading off: Emile Heskey is set to join Newcastle Jets

Heading off: Emile Heskey is set to join Newcastle Jets

Former England international Emile Heskey has finally found a club after spending months on the football scrapheap.

The 34-year-old striker was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season but is on the verge of a return in a surprise move to Newcastle… Jets.

According to reports in Australia, the A-League outfit are set to unveil the one-time Leciester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Wigan player on a one-year contract.

Heskey, who played 62 times for the Three Lions including three World Cups, said he had received a host of offers this summer from home and abroad.

Fantasy football 2012

He said: ‘As has been reported, I did receive a number of offers during the transfer window but didn't feel like any of them were the right opportunity for me at that time.’

But the move to Newcastle (in Australia) appears to appeal to the big frontman, who could now end his career Down Under alongside Alessandro Del Piero after the Italian legend recently joined Sydney FC.

Emile Heskey to be offered Macclesfield deal

From Premier League to non-league Heskey to be offered deal at Macclesfield

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08:20 GMT, 15 September 2012

Emile Heskey could make a belated return to football – with Blue Square Premier side Macclesfield.

The former England international has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season.

And ambitious table-topping Macclesfield will offer Heskey a deal to put him in the shop window.

Wanted: Emile Heskey is set to be offered a deal by Macclesfield

Wanted: Emile Heskey is set to be offered a deal by Macclesfield

The striker, who was capped 62 times for his country, lives just half an hour away from the Chesire club and manager Steve King is prepared to make him an open-ended offer to ensure he retains his fitness, according to the Daily Mirror.

Macclesfield are also determined to return to the Football League at the first attempt.

Heskey is reported to have other options, both at home and abroad, but has struggled to find his form in recent seasons, mustering just 14 goals in 110 appearances at Villa.

He was unable to agree a deal with Blackpool earlier in the summer while Ipswich and Stoke were also reported to be interested.