With Steve McClaren intent on showing everyone he’s ready, willing and able to pick his England squads based on form and performance rather than reputation, it’s not surprising that Premiership players and managers alike feel the need to state their case. And if Paul Jewell and David James had their way – we’d see Emile Heskey and…well…David James back in the fold,
Wigan boss Jewell said, to unconfirmed unroarious laughter,
“I have got to say Emile Heskey has got all the tools to play at the international level again,” Jewell told Sky Sports News.
“There is nothing he can’t do. He is quick, he is good in the air, he has two good feet, he can link the play and he works his socks off for the team.
“He has got all the ingredients to be an international player again, but that is something for Steve to work out and Hesk to keep working as hard as he is.”
While this may be the first time that Emile Heskey and the words “nothing he can’t do” have appeared in the same sentence, Portsmouth keeper James, with three goals conceded in eight matches, is at least more humble and a lot less bitter than his previous 9,351 publicly stated desire to replace Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson as England #1,
It is the goal I set and everything is good.
“I have always seen England as the elite, it is the best performers performing and if I can maintain a level of performance which would get me back into the squad I would hope to be in position to challenge for playing.
“If I am playing at my best, it is all I can do.”
Heskey and James back for England, surely the ideal way for Steve McClaren to silence his critics?