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Emile Heskey admits he has to play more regularly for Aston Villa to fulfil his dream of going to next summer's World Cup finals.

Heskey played a key role in unsettling the Croatian defence with his physical presence as England triumphed 5-1 at Wembley to qualify for South Africa with two games to spare, although the impressive form of Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe is putting pressure on his starting place.

"My place (with England) is not nailed on," he said. "There's a lot of strikers that are doing well at times."

He added: "You've got to keep yourself fit, keep yourself in good condition and keep doing well for your club.

"If you're not doing well for your club and not playing, then how can a manager pick you?

"I've got to do well for Villa and try and keep myself in the team. You're always happy when you're playing so I'm like everyone else.

"You can always have a player like Peter Crouch, who's done brilliantly, come back in and his record speaks for itself."

"I'm still finding my feet at Villa. It's nice to be involved in the England games and qualify for the World Cup, hopefully I will get more games at Villa.

"I've got to get into the Villa team but I'm confident in my ability.

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