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Emile Heskey was undoubtably a key figure for England in their qualification for the World Cup this summer.

But does his form for Aston Villa this season mean there are concerns whether he is the right man to start in South Africa?

In his final World Cup scouting report Alan Shearer argues that as long as England are scoring, then the lack of goals from Heskey is not a worry. He has a point.

England bagged 33 goals in a qualifying campaign where they won nine games and lost only one. That figure is almost double the number of goals England scored in qualfying for the 2006 World Cup, so Fabio Capello's team can hardly be accused of lacking firepower.

Shearer says that Heskey has never been a prolific marksman anyway and he brings a focal point to the team, where other strikers might not.

The problem for Heskey is that Peter Crouch cannot stop scoring for England. He has 20 goals in his 37 appearances and then there is Bobby Zamora.

The Fulham striker has had a very good season, scoring 19 times, and according to Shearer "could not have done more to get into Capello's plans." But Shearer thinks that the only chance Zamora has of making the squad is if Capello names five strikers and then he thinks that spot might even go to Darren Bent who has bagged 25 goals for Sunderland in a remarkable campaign.

So for the record, Shearer thinks it will be Wayne Rooney, Heskey, Crouch, Jermain Defoe and perhaps Bent.

And he believes Capello will stick without Heskey up front with Rooney. But what do you think?

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posted Apr 28, 2010

the key for england is getting lennon fit. that kid was playing some unbelieveable football until the injury and was beating defenders for fun and putting some cracking crosses in,
harry has made him complete winger.
provided more goals and assists per game than walcott, milner and SWP combined.

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posted Apr 28, 2010

I meant plane by the way haha

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posted Apr 28, 2010

I am still undecided about Lennon (here is your chance to convince me). When I have seen him play on the telly he seems to pass people with ease beating them 2 or 3 times sometimes but when he gets to the byline the end product seems a little sloppy.
I am not on here looking for an argument and to be honest I didn't see much of him this year. he would get on the plane but not sure if he could be a regular but as I said I am all for him proving me wrong

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posted Apr 28, 2010

Its a shame Zamora has left it so late. He is the only player who gives the team what Heskey gives (holding the ball up, focal point, link up play) whilst also providing goals. I hope Capello gives him every chance in the two warm up games to prove what he can do. The other worry with Zamora is that, like a lot of England players, his body seems to be breaking down towards the end of the season. I also think Bent is in better form than Defoe.

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posted Apr 28, 2010

lennon had 4 man of the match displays in 7 games. was scoring late winners and putting in dream crosses.
his vision has def improved and added to his pace and tricks make him a must.
walcott is one dimensional, less technically gifted and just doesn't do enough. very weak too.
OPTA has lennon as fractionally quicker and better stamina.

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posted Apr 28, 2010

When Lennon is fit he is world class. Im a netural but the stats are there to tell he is very talented and i really want to see Lennon carry that on now..

With strikers. i understand Heskey going due to team chemistry but it wont hurt to see how Zamora can do in the warm ups.. if he does well then take him on.

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posted Apr 28, 2010

Villaboy29 If you haven't seen much of Lennon this year how can you form an opinion?
He's been sensational to watch this year if he'd stayed fit 4th place would already wrapped up for Spurs.

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posted Apr 28, 2010

Yeah Lennon's end product has improved a lot this season, and he's always been able to run past people.

Arguably best winger in the premier league this season - up there with the like of the Utd pair and maybe Bellamy.

Not sure which stikers should go but I'd like to see Zamora tried just think he would have the game to link up with Rooney really well.

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posted May 8, 2010

No ... I would like to go with Zamora and Rooney instead of the known Heskey-Rooney combination.
Put Defoe and Crouch as remaining forwards.
Bent !! ... I don't think he can do much to England as compared to the others/.

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posted May 10, 2010

There will be no good goal scorers unless there is a decent world cup song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H-dKaZPus

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