Sunday 26 January 2020

Emile Heskey shows off his impressive memory of England's 5-1 win in Germany over 15 years ago

By Max McLean

We all remember Heskey’s contribution, but does he remember the starting XI?

England’s 5-1 win in Germany in 2001 will live long in the memory of fans of the Three Lions, but can the same be said of Emile Heskey?

The former Liverpool and Leicester striker played a pivotal part of the 2002 World Cup qualifier, starting the game and scoring England’s fifth goal, and the FA thought they would put his memory to the test.

Can Emile remember the rest of the starting XI?

Impressive stuff – after struggling a little in defence, Heskey named the entire XI, and didn’t fall into the trap of forgetting himself either.

Heskey’s goal was the icing on a particularly tasty cake, so here’s a brief report from the striker’s point of view.

Things didn’t immediately go to plan – England conceded just six minutes into the game, Carsten Jancker breaking the deadlock.

Further to that, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Heskey on a personal level, seen here having treatment on a knock.

But the number nine completed a sublime turnaround for England, who went 5-1 ahead courtesy of three from Michael Owen, one from Paul Scholes, and another from himself.

What chance of a similar scoreline tonight?

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