According to his Wigan teammate, Chris Kirkland â€“ Emile Heskey is â€˜Englandâ€™s Didier Drogba’. And that doesnâ€™t mean heâ€™s a big man who spends more time on the floor than on the ball.
Heskey has been an easy scapegoat in the past but real football fans recognise that thereâ€™s more to his game than just scoring goals â€“ a third of you voted for him to start for England in our recent poll.
With injuries and suspensions limiting the strikeforce before our do-or-die Euro qualifiers, the man with the buffalo build and Bambiâ€™s persona, has been called back in from the international wilderness.
Hereâ€™s why we think that big Emile should start on Saturday. Care to agree or disagree?
With Crouch suspended we havenâ€™t really got a big man upfront â€“ leaving the less than intimidating sight of Owen and Johnson/Defoe scurrying around ankles like Hobbits on speed. Heskey gives the team an option they donâ€™t have.
Good double act
Heâ€™s apparently Michael Owenâ€™s choice to play the supporting role in McLarenâ€™s preferred little and large partnership. Heskey is custom built to compliment Owen â€“ holding up balls and putting Englandâ€™s pocket rocket through with flicks and headers. And, their impressive international record together proves it.
Been there, done that
Despite being shunned since Euro 2004, Heskey is the proud owner of 43 England caps. Heâ€™s played in big tournaments and decisive games before so should be able to handle the pressure more than inexperienced players like Johnson or Smith.
Who else have we got?
Rooneyâ€™s injured. Crouch is suspended. Johnson hasnâ€™t scored this season. Defoe is a Spurs substitute. And Alan Smith isnâ€™t sure of his best position. Next?
Donâ€™t call it a comeback
Heskey probably has more to prove than most and if he can find his confidence early then he can be power and grace personified â€“ think of a wrestler wearing a tutu. And, everyone likes a comeback story donâ€™t they?