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Emile Heskey Talking Balls

Emile Heskey Talking Balls

Emile Heskey has been talking balls!

The England striker has told the Daily Mail his miss v USA wasn't helped by the new ball.

There has been loads of talk about this ball and you have to say that FIFA are mental introducing a new ball for THE footballing tournament, if they wanted a new ball, why not introduce it for the qualifiers giving players a few years to get used to it? We surely want to see players playing at their peak at the World Cup, not coming to terms with a new ball?

With that said, Emile, you don't score no matter what the ball is, with a one on one try shooting either side of the keeper, not straight at him, that would probably do it. 3 goals for Villa last season, the PL ball wasn't 'off' was it?

Emile said: 'With my chance in the second half, the keeper (Howard) stood up quite well. I just tried to get as much power behind it as possible because these balls do move around. He has done well but he is lucky it has caught him right in the midriff but we kept plugging away and kept creating chances.'

The ball didn't seem to stop the German's last night? The one striker scored from a similar distance. Hmmm?

He also bemoaned the lack of supply from the rest of the team which is a far more valid point in my ever so humble opinion.

In fairness to Emile, he set the goal up nicely for Gerrard but the raving of some on ITV about his immense display was a bit over board surely? Strikers need to score, he got one chance and messed it up + it is one thing winning the headers, it is another doing something once you have won the header.

Come on Emile, still time to win the golden boot.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday June 14 2010
Time: 10:50AM


The bloke has been a waste of space for us most of this year but he was one of England's better performers (not that we played well and certainly not that the opposition was any good.)
14/06/2010 10:59:00
"I just tried to get as much power behind it as possible because these balls do move around." Says it all really. He had no belief in his ability to place the ball either side of the keeper so he just hit it and hoped. I suppose you could give him credit for recognising his own limitations and trying to figure out a way round them if you were being really generous...
14/06/2010 12:40:00
The sad thing is all those years ago, what was it something like 22-23 all in during one season for Liverpool. The 'I can score' switch has been off for too many years now and rusted into position I think sadly.
14/06/2010 16:04:00
I actually thought that Emile was one of our better performers on Saturday evening, although of course, in saying that, he didn't have too much competition. As for the one on one miss, you knew damn well that he was going to fire the ball directly at Timmy Howard, because that's what Emile does. He's done it many times before, and he'll keep on doing it. He's not going to change/improve at this late stage of his career. Its ironic really, it was one of his better England showings, but surely after that team performance, Capello has to make some changes, and Heskey will no doubt be sacrificed.
14/06/2010 19:07:00
When down the pub, there was a reason that no villa fans were getting ready to launch themselves victoriously in to the air as Heskey found himself in position to take his 1 on 1 shot. Sadly we know him too well.
14/06/2010 19:16:00
glensider, and so he should be. Put him up against a half-decent centreback and he won't get a kick. He should be nowhere near the England side. In the last few months, Crouch has looked far and away the most dangerous striker we have. Hopefully Rooney will be able to find some kind of form, but until he does, Crouch will be our most potent weapon. The worst thing that can happen is that Heskey retains his place (as I actually suspect he will), continues in his current vein of 'good' form against seriously poor opposition in Algeria and Slovenia, starts against someone vaguely competent, perhaps in the second round, and England go out because Heskey puts in one of his typically anonymous performances, and Rooney isn't able to pick up the slack.
14/06/2010 19:24:00
All the balls in the world must be like the Jubilani, because that was a great chance, typical Heskey, I like many here, did not get excited when he had the ball, I knew he wouldnt score. Is Heskey and SWP related? both over rated, both have no end product, but stil get picked for England.
15/06/2010 12:19:00
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