Heskey England start annoys O'Neill

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Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is to make his feelings known to England counterpart Fabio Capello after expressing "surprise" at striker Emile Heskey starting the friendly international with Spain when not fully fit.

Heskey suffered an Achilles injury during the win at Blackburn last weekend but was declared fit enough by the England medical staff to play after reporting for Wednesday's game in Seville.

O'Neill said: "Emile has aggravated his Achilles. I was surprised he started the England game. He had come off against Blackburn last weekend.

"The ruling now is that you go down and be assessed at international level by the international medical team.

"Knowing Emile, he would have wanted to have gone down there and played in a bit of discomfort but I was surprised he played considering he wouldn't have been fully fit."

The former Wigan player suffered a reaction and has been unable to train since returning to Villa and is regarded as a major doubt for Sunday's FA Cup clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

"Emile has come back, he didn't train today, the Achilles is particularly sore at this minute. If the game was this minute, he couldn't play.

"It was a friendly international at the end of it all. I can understand it if it was a qualifying game because they are very important to the well-being of the country.

"But you would have thought rest this particular week would have been the order of the day."

"My take on it is, if someone is not fully fit to play in a game, you are not going to get the best out of them."

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