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Player calls it quits after 62 Three Lions caps...

Aston Villa and England striker Emile Heskey has announced his retirement from international football after collecting 62 caps and scoring seven goals over an 11-year career for his country.

The 32-year-old cut an unpopular figure with some supporters during his time with the Three Lions, but travelled to the 2002 and 2010 World Cups, the European Championships in 2000 and also 2004.

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As the target man for England, he mainly partnered Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney up-front in his international appearances.

In an official statement released to the media today, Heskey said: "I've enjoyed every moment of my England career and worn the shirt with pride every time I've been fortunate enough to have been selected.

"I'd like to thank every manager I've played under, everyone at the Football Association and the fans for all their support over the years.

"I wish the management team and the playing squad all the best for the future."

The former Leicester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic centre-forward was given his first call-up to the England squad by Glenn Hoddle for the friendly against the Czech Republic in November 18, 1998. He had to wait, however, until April 28, 1999 to make his debut against Hungary under Kevin Keegan.

His final display for his country came in the 4-1 second round humiliation at the hands of Germany at World Cup 2010 on June 27, when he was controversially thrown on as a substitute in the 71st minute.

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