Bruce keen to keep Heskey

Published Add your comment

Football News

Wigan manager Steve Bruce believes Emile Heskey may risk missing out on playing for England at the next World Cup if he moves to one of the top clubs in the Barclays Premier League.

Bruce, who hopes Heskey will agree to a contract extension with the Latics, suspects Heskey would not play as many matches and have the same opportunities to impress Capello if he chooses to move on at the end of this season.

"If he goes to Liverpool or wherever, is he going to play week-in, week-out?" Bruce said. "The big thing Emile will have on his mind is to be in condition in 18 months to go to the World Cup. Why not stay here and do that?"

Bruce added: "I don't think you can be at your best if you are not playing every week. That is the conversation I will be having with him. I haven't given up hope of keeping him here and neither has the chairman."

Heskey was a £5.5million signing by Wigan in 2006, joining from relegated Birmingham who had tempted him away from Liverpool two years earlier.

Bruce said: "When you leave Liverpool, a lot of players go downwards. Emile has done the opposite.

"He doesn't owe this club a penny. Whatever the figure was that Wigan paid for him, he has paid it back two or three times over with his performances."

Heskey, who won his 50th England cap in Wednesday's win against Belarus, played over 100 games in his four-year spell at Liverpool under Gerard Houllier.

Heskey confirmed he would not rule out a second spell at Anfield.

"When you are performing well speculation will come around," Heskey told BBC Radio Five Live. "A move to Liverpool would be lovely. Who knows what will happen. Let's see how it goes."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Emile Heskey
Steve Bruce
Wigan Athletic

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again