Bruce hails Heskey fitness

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Wigan manager Steve Bruce has put star striker Emile Heskey's continued revival down to the benefit of staying in top condition.

Having returned from three years in the international wilderness last year, Heskey has cemented his place in the England side by helping Fabio Capello's men to victories over Kazakhstan and Belarus.

"It's quite staggering what's happened to him over the last few weeks, and I think a lot of it's got to come down to the condition that Emile's got himself in," said Bruce.

"He's possibly in the best condition he's been in all his life; he's obviously enjoying his football and he's reaping the rewards of it.

"It would be wrong for me to take the plaudits. He's got to a stage where you know how to look after yourself - I think (Wigan captain) Mario Melchiot is the same, and certainly I was when I got to 31."

It is off the field as well as on that the benefits manifest themselves.

"You're more experienced, so you know how to prepare better," Bruce added.

"His physical condition is magnificent. He's been like that for a good while but not been tip-top like he is right now.

"Only he can take the plaudits for that - for all the work he does in the gym, outside of playing and with his diet."

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