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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