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Tom Cleverley in danger of becoming England's next Heskey

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The man that needs no introduction, Emile Heskey is fondly remembered by England fans as the player that was pretty fortunate to represent the Three Lions on so many occasions. 

Making 62 appearances for England, the striker managed just seven goals and became a fans' favourite for all the wrong reasons following his surprise selection for the 2010 World Cup. 

With Tom Cleverley coming under similar criticism - 12,000 supporters have signed a petition to prevent the 'inept' Cleverley from making the World Cup squad - it has come obvious that these players must be feeling pretty gutted. 

Everyone wants to feel loved right? So when the whole nation is against you, the last thing you want to be doing is stepping out at a World Cup when every mistake is likely to be jumped on.

After coming through the ranks of Leicester City, Heskey secured a move to Liverpool and made over 150 appearances for the Premier League giants. 

Moves to Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa followed suit, before he packed his bags and made the move to Australian side Newcastle Jets in 2012. 

But his England exploits, or lack of shall we say, made Heskey a laughing stock. 

Countless YouTube videos of Heskey's performances have racked up thousands of views and jokes like 'More Premier League goals than Messi' circulate the internet. 

Tongue in cheek internet posts are part of the parcel when in the public eye, but Heskey's case stands out a cut-above the rest.

Renowned more of his build-up play than his ability to score goals, fans jumped on the bandwagon when they realised Heskey doesn't actually score many goals. 

In 18 seasons as a Premier League player, the 36-year-old managed just 110 goals. Compare that to Wayne Rooney's 13 seasons in the top-flight, with the England international notching 166 goals and counting, it's clear that Heskey was no finisher. 

But should his all-round play be appreciated? Heskey had an ability to allow the likes of Rooney and Michael Owen to score goals, ones that he would've never attempted. 

With players like Rickie Lambert, Glenn Murray and Grant Holt representing the Premier League as bigger-built attackers with a similar style-of-play to Heskey - as much as it pains me to say - but he may have been unfortunate with the criticism that headed his way. 

So, was Heskey that bad? Leave your comments below and let us know who your all-time worst player to represent the Three Lions is.

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